DNN SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ClassLink as IDP | ClassLink SSO


DotNetNuke SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) module gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your DotNetNuke applications. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your DotNetNuke application and services. Our module is compatible with all the SAML compliant identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between DotNetNuke and ClassLink considering ClassLink as IdP.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

  • Download the package for DNN SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module.
  • Upload the installation package dnn-saml-single-sign-on_xxx_Install by going in Settings > Extension > Install Extension.

Steps to configure DNN Single Sign-On (SSO) using ClassLink as IDP

1. Add module on DNN page

  • Open any of the page on your DNN site (Edit mode) and Click on Add Module.

  • DNN SAML SSO - Add Module
  • Search for DNNSAMLSSO and click on the DNNSAMLSSO. Drag and drop the module on the page where you want.

  • DNN SAML SSO - Search Module
  • You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.
  • 2. Setup ClassLink as Identity Provider

    • Select your identity provider ClassLink from the list shown below.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Search Module
    • There are two ways detailed below with which you can get the SAML SP metadata to configure onto your identity provider end.
    • A] Using SAML metadata URL or metadata file:
      • Under Service Provider Settings, you can find the metadata URL as well as the option to download the SAML metadata.
      • Copy metadata URL or download the metadata file to configure the same on your identity provider end.
      • You may refer to the screenshot below:
      • DNN SAML SSO - Copy Downloaded Metadata
      B] Uploading metadata manually:
      • Under the Service Provider Settings section, you can manually copy the service provider metadata like Base URL, SP Entity ID, ACS URL and share it with your identity provider for configuration.
      • You may refer to the screenshot below:
      • DNN SAML SSO - Manual Metadata
      • Log in to your ClassLink Administration Console.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Login for DNN
      • Select ClassLink Management Console to create SAML app.
      • Navigate to Single Sign-On tab, in left panel and click on SAML Console
      • DNN SAML SSO - Login for DNN
      • Click on ADD NEW.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Add app
      • To present a list of pre-configured SAML apps click on COPY EXISTING. You can update the settings(URLs, domain names, etc) of existing apps from here.
      • DNN SAML SSO - IDP Metadata
      • Copy the IDP Metadata URL and provide it to your Service Provider. This is a unique URL for your organization.
      • This will help you to configure your Service Provider.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Metadata
      • Navigate to the 3 dots shown and click on Edit.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Edit
      • To configure SAML Identity Provider settings, provide the following values
        Name Provide a Service Provider name. Example: DNN App
        Metadata URL Provide the Metadata URL from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
        DNN SAML SSO
      • Click on Save to save your configuration.
      • You can add any other custom Attribute Mapping and/or Metadata Overrides that are necessary.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Attribute Mapping
      • Then click on Update.
      • You have successfully configured ClassLink as SAML IdP ( Identity Provider) for achieving ClassLink SSO login into your DotNetNuke (DNN) Site.

      3. Configure DotNetNuke SAML Module as Service Provider

      There are two ways detailed below with which you can configure your SAML identity provider metadata in the module.

      A] Upload metadata using the Upload IDP Metadata button:
      • If your identity provider has provided you with the metadata URL or metadata file (.xml format only), then you can simply configure the identity provider metadata in the module using the Upload IDP Metadata option.
      • You may refer to the screenshot below:
      • DNN SAML SSO - Upload Metadata Manually
      • You can choose any one of the options according to the metadata format you have available.
      B] Configure the identity provider metadata manually:
      • After configuring your Identity Provider, it will provide you with IDP Entity ID, IDP Single Sign On URL and SAML X509 Certificate fields respectively.
      • Click Update to save your IDP details.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Upload Metadata

      4. Test Configuration

      • Click the Test Configuration button to verify if you have configured the plugin correctly.
      • On successful configuration, you will get Attribute Name and Attribute Values in the Test Configuration window.
      • DNN SAML SSO - ClassLink test result

      5. Attribute Mapping

      • Attributes are user details that are stored in your Identity Provider.
      • Attribute Mapping helps you to get user attributes from your IdP and map them to DotNetNuke user attributes like firstname, lastname etc.
      • While auto registering the users in your DotNetNuke site these attributes will automatically get mapped to your DotNetNuke user details.
      • Go to DNNSAMLSSO Settings >> Advanced settings >> Attribute Mapping.

      • DNN SAML SSO - Attribute Mapping

      6. Adding Login/SSO Widget on DNN Page

      • For Adding Button on the DNN page on beside the module settings click on the Add Item (Pencil Icon).

      • DNN SAML SSO -  Add Login Button
      • Add Button name and click on Save.

      • DNN SAML SSO -  Save Login Button
      • You can see login button on the page after saving item. (If you are already logged in your site, you will see a "Logout" link).
      • Note: If you want to Enable this button on every page of the DNN site follow below steps:
      • Go to the Settings >> Module Settings >> Advanced Settings and Enable option for Display Module On All Page.

      • DNN SAML SSO - Module Settings
        DNN SAML SSO - Display Module on Multipages
      • Warning: You will lose all your configuration for the module after enabling this option. You can re-configure the module or it is better to enable this option before configuring the module.

      7. Role mapping (It is Optional to fill this)

      • DotNetNuke uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site.
      • DotNetNuke has five pre-defined roles: Administrators, Subscribers, Registered Users, Translator (en-US) and Unverified Users.
      • Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your IdP.
      • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.
      • DNN SAML SSO - Role Mapping

      You can configure the DotNetNuke SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) module with any Identity Provider such as ADFS, Azure AD, Bitium, centrify, G Suite, JBoss, Auth0, Okta, OneLogin, Salesforce, WordPress, AWS Cognito, OpenAM, Oracle, PingFederate, PingOne, RSA SecureID, Shibboleth-2, Shibboleth-3, SimpleSAML, WSO2 or even with your own custom identity provider.

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