DNN SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP | Salesforce 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 Salesforce considering Salesforce 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 Salesforce 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 Salesforce as Identity Provider

    • Select your identity provider Salesforce 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 into your Salesforce account as admin.
    • Switch to Salesforce Lightning mode from profile menu and then go to the Setup page by clicking on setup button.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Create SP via connected apps
    • From the left pane, select Settings Tab and click on Identity Provider.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Create SP via connected apps
    • Click on Enable Identity Provider.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Create SP via connected apps
    • In the Service Provider section, click on the link to create the Service Provider using Connected Apps.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Create SP via connected apps
    • Enter Connected App Name, API Name and Contact Email.
    • Connected App Name Provide a name for Connected App
      API Name Provide a API name
      Contact Email Provide a Contact Email
      DNN SAML SSO - Fill connected apps details
    • Under the Web App Settings, check the Enable SAML checkbox and enter the following values:
    • Enable SAML Checked
      Entity ID SP-EntityID / Issuer from Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
      ACS URL ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
      Subject Type Username
      Name ID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:unspecified
      DNN SAML SSO - Fill connected apps details
    • Click on Save to save the configuration.
    • Now from the left pane, under Platform Tools section select Connected Apps.
    • Then select Manage Connected Apps and click on the app you just created.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Fill connected apps details
    • In the Profiles section click Manage Profiles button.
    • Assign the Profiles you want to give access to log in through this app.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Fill connected apps details
    • Under SAML Login Information, click on Download Metadata.
    • DNN SAML SSO - Download Identity Providers metadata
    • Keep this metadata handy for configuring the Service Provider.

    You have successfully configured Salesforce as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving Salesforce 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 - Salesforce 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, Okta, OneLogin, Keycloak, Google, 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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    Not able to find your identity provider? Mail us on dnnsupport@xecurify.com 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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