DNN SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) with Google Apps as IDP
DNN SAML 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
identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure Single Sign-On
(SSO) between DotNetNuke and Google Apps considering Google Apps as IdP.
Pre-requisites: Download And Installation
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 SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Google Apps as IDP
1. Add module on DNN page
Open any of the page on your DNN site (Edit mode) and Click on
Search for DNNSAMLSSO and click on the DNNSAMLSSO. Drag and drop the
module on the page where you want.
You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.
2. Setup Google Apps as Identity Provider
Select your identity provider Google Apps from the list shown below.
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:
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.
Navigate to the Apps tab in the left menu and click on
Web and mobile apps.
Add a SAML App
Click on the Add App button, then in the dropdown select
Add Custom SAML app tab to create a new saml app.
Enter details for your custom SAML app and click on Continue button.
Click on Download Metadata button. This will be used for configuring
your Service Provider.
You can also copy G Suite details like
SSO URL, entity ID and Certificate
to configure the Service Provider manually and then click on
Service Provider Details
Enter details from the Service Provider Metadata tab in the
SAML SP plugin.
Copy and paste the ACS URL from the plugin.
Copy and paste the SP Entity ID/ Issuer from the plugin.
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Name ID Format
Click on Continue button.
Click on Add Mapping button.
Add and select user fields in Google Directory, then map them to Service
Provider attributes and Click on Finish button.
User Access to Configured App
Go to SAML Apps again and click on
OFF for everyone .
Then, select ON for everyone to activate SSO.
You have successfully configured G Suite / Google Apps as SAML IdP (Identity
Provider) for achieving G Suite / Google Apps SSO login into your DNN
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:
You can choose any one of the options according to the metadata format you
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.
4. Testing SAML SSO
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.
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.
DNNSAMLSSO Settings >> Advanced settings >> Attribute
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).
Add Button name and click on Save.
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.
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.
You can even configure the
ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO)
module with any identity provider such as
ADFS, Azure AD, Bitium, centrify, G Suite, JBoss Keycloak, Okta, OneLogin,
Salesforce, AWS Cognito, OpenAM, Oracle, PingFederate, PingOne, RSA
SecureID, Shibboleth-2, Shibboleth-3, SimpleSAML, WSO2
or even with your own custom identity provider. To check other identity
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and we'll help you set up SSO with your IDP and for quick guidance (via
email/meeting) on your requirement and our team will help you to select the
best suitable solution/plan as per your requirement.
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