SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using ADFS As IDP

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using ADFS As IDP


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 ADFS considering ADFS as IdP.

Download and Install the module in DotNetNuke

  • 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 ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into DotNetNuke

1. Add module on DNN page

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

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : add module
  • Search for DNNSAMLSSO and click on the DNNSAMLSSO. Drag and drop the module on the page where you want.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : search module
  • You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.

2. Configure ADFS as Identity Provider

  • First, search for ADFS Management application on your ADFS server.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - adfs SSO Login - adfs server
  • After opening the AD FS Management, select Relying Party Trust. Click on Add Relying Party Trust.

  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - adfs SSO Login -  add relying party
  • Select Claims Aware and click the Start button from the Relying Party Trust Wizard pop up.

  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - adfs SSO Login -  claims
  • Select the options for Adding a Relying Party Trust.
    • Using Metadata URL : Import data about the relying party published online or on the local network: Select this option to enter the metadata using metadata URL provided by Service Provider section of the module.

    • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - adfs SSO Login -  add relying party metadata
    • Using Metadata XML file : Import data about the relying party from a file: Select this option to upload the SP metadata file (XML file) provided by the Service Provider section of the module.

    • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : add relying party xml file
    • Using Manual configuration : Enter Data about the relying party manually & Click on Next: Select this option to enter the data manually

    • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : add relying party manual
  • Enter Display Name and click Next.
  • Select Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol. Enter ACS URL from the plugins Service Provider Info Tab. Click Next.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : acs url
  • Add Entity ID from plugins Service Provider Settings section as Relying party trust identifier.
  • Click on the Add button and then click Next.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : entity id
  • Select Permit everyone as an Access Control Policy & click on Next.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : user permit access control
  • Click the Next button from Ready to Add Trust and click Close.
  • A list of Relying Party Trusts will be visible. Select the respective application & click on Edit Claim Issuance Policy.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : Edit Claim Issuance Policy
  • Click on the Add Rule button.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso ADFS : add rule
  • Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims &and click on Next.

  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),for SAML 2.0 Configure_LDAP Attributes
  • Enter the following details and click on Finish.
  • Claim rule name: Attributes
    Attribute Store: Active Directory
    LDAP Attribute: E-Mail-Addresses
    Outgoing Claim Type: Name ID
    SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP), for the SAML 2.0 Add Transform Claim Rule
  • Click Apply and then Ok.
  • You have successfully configured adfs as IdP (Identity Provider)


3. Configure DotNetNuke SAML Module as Service Provider

  • After configuring your Identity Provider, it will provide you with IDP Entity ID, IDP Single Sign On URL and x.509 Certificate. Configure these values under IDP Entity ID, Single Sign-On Url and SAML X509 Certificate fields respectively. (Refer to the Metadata provided by Identity Provider)
  • Click Update to Save your IDP details.

  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - adfs SSO Login - idp settings

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 Single Sign-On(SSO)  - Centrify SSO Login - test result

5: 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).

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : add login button
  • Add Button name and Description for item and click on Save.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : 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.

    • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : module settings
      dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : 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.

6: 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.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : attribute mapping

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.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso adfs : 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 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.


If you are looking to Single Sign-On into your sites with any SAML compliant Identity Provider then we have a separate solution for that. We do provide SSO solutions for the following:

Application LINK
SAML SSO into ASP.NET site Click here
SAML SSO into SiteFinity site Click here
SAML SSO into Umbraco site Click here
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