Guide to Configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between Centrify as IDP and Moodle as SP


SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) for your Moodle site can be achieved using our miniOrange SAML SSO plugin. Our plugin 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 Centrify as Identity Provider (IdP) and Moodle as Service Provider (SP).

miniorange img Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

To configure Centrify as IdP with Moodle, you will need to install the miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO plugin:

miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO

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Tested with 3.10.1

Step 1: Setup Centrify as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure Centrify as IdP

miniorange img  Configure Centrify as IdP

  • In the miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO plugin, navigate to Service Provider Metadata tab. Here, you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL or XML file or metadata URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
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  • Log into Centrify as an Administrator and go to Apps from the NavBar.
  • Click on Add Web Apps
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miniorange img  Configure SAML App

  • In the pop-up, click on Custom tab and then click on the Add button next to SAML.
  • In the Add Web App screen, click Yes to add the application.
  • Click Close to exit the Application Catalog.
  • The application that you just added opens to the Settings page.
  • Click Trust to go to the Trust page
    The Trust page is divided into two parts:
  • Identity Provider Configuration
  • Service Provider Configuration
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  • In service Provider Configuration section
    • If copied the metadata url then paste in URL and click on load
    • If downloaded metadata file then upload it in file section
    • If copied XML content then copy that content in XML section
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  • For manual confriguation
    • Click on manual Configuration
    • Paste SP Entity ID and ACS URL (copied from the plugin) save to preserve changes
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  • Download IDP metadata it will required to setup wordpress as service provider
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    Step 2: Configuring Moodle site as Service Provider

    We will go through the steps to setup Moodle as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.




    In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

    A. By uploading IDP metadata:

    • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
    • Enter the Identity Provider Name
    • You can copy and past IdP metadata XML file and click on Upload Metadata button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
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    B.Manual Configuration:

    • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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    Step 3: Attribute Mapping

    • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
    • To assign by which attribute value user should authenticate or create select Email or Username in Login/Create Moodle account by:
    • For the plugin to access the these attributes assign the Email and Username attribute.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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    Step 4: Role Mapping

    • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role that will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO. [NOTE: Roles will be assigned to new users created by SSO. Existing Moodle users’ roles will not be affected.]
    • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
    • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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    Step 5: SSO Settings

    • In the plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
    • Go to the Plugins >> Authentication >> Manage authentication.
    • Click on the to enble the plugin visibility.
    • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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    In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

    A. By uploading IDP metadata:

    • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
    • Enter the Identity Provider Name
    • You can copy and past IdP metadata XML file and click on Upload Metadata button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
    • wordpress saml upload metadata

    B.Manual Configuration:

    • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
    • wordpress saml upload metadata

    Step 3: Attribute Mapping

    • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
    • To assign by which attribute value user should authenticate or create select Email or Username in Login/Create Moodle account by:
    • For the plugin to access these attribute assign the Email and Username attribute.
    • Addtionally user attributes can be mapped (such as Firstname and Lastname).
    • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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    Step 4: Custom Attribute Mapping:

    • This feature allows you to map custom attribute sent by the IDP to the Moodle attributes.
    • You can add multiple attributes by click on "+" button.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
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    Step 5: Role Mapping

    • This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default Moodle roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.
    • Group/Role attribute will provide a mapping for the field name which contains role-related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
    • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the respective roles.
    • For example, If you have a user whose Group/Role attribute value is idp-teacher and you want to assign it to the teacher group then, just provide idp-teacher in the Teacher: field of Role mapping section.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
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    Step 6: SSO settings

    • In the plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
    • Click on Click here link which will redirect to the Manage authentication menu
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    • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
    • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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    • To enable auto-redirect from Moodle login page to WordPress site .
    • Click on the Enable Auto-redirect to IDP from Moodle login page.
    • Note down Backdoor URL it will be useful when SSO fails.
    • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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