Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS as IDP | ADFS SSO


Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your Umbraco applications. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your Umbraco application and services. 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 Umbraco and ADFS considering ADFS as IdP. To know more about the features we provide for Umbraco SSO, click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

  • Download Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module.
  • For Setting up the module, extract the umbraco-saml-sso-connector.zip, you will find a DLL file miniorange-saml-sso.dll, a configuration file saml.config and a integration.md file which contain the steps for adding the module into your application.

1. Add module in Umbraco Application

  • Add miniorange-saml-sso.dll in the bin folder (where your other DLL files exist) for your Umbraco site.
  • Register miniorangesamlsso module for your umbraco SSO according to the provided steps in the integration.md file.
  • Add the provided configuration file saml.config in the root directory for your umbraco site.
  • After integration open browser and browse the module dashboard with URL below:
    https://<umbraco-base-url>/?ssoaction=config
  • If it pops up the registration page or login page, you have successfully added the miniOrange saml sso module for your application.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Login Page
  • Register or Login for configuring the module.

2. Configure ADFS as IDP

There are below two ways with which you can get the SAML SP metadata to configure on your identity provider end.

A] Using SAML metadata URL or metadata file:
  • Under the Service Provider Settings section, you can find the metadata URL as well as the option to download the SAML metadata
  • Copy metadata URL or download metadata file to configure the same on your identity provider end.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot:

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Service provider metadata
B] Uploading metadata manually:
  • From the Service Provider Settings section, you can copy the service provider metadata manually like SP Entity ID, ACS Url, Single Logout Url, and provide it to your identity provider for configuration.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot:

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Service provider metadata
  • On ADFS, search for ADFS Management application.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Admin_Dashboard
  • In AD FS Management, select Relying Party Trust and click on Add Relying Party Trust.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Add Relying Party Trust
  • Select Claims aware from the Relying Party Trust Wizard and click on Start button.
  •  Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Claims Aware
Select Data Source
  • In Select Data Source, select the data source for adding a relying party trust.

Choose Access Control Policy
  • Select Permit everyone as an Access Control Policy and click on Next.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - for SAML 2.0 Wizard Multi-Factor
Ready to Add Trust
  • In Ready to Add Trust click on Next and then Close.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - SAML 2.0 Wizard Edit Claim
Edit Claim Issuance Policy
  • In the list of Relying Party Trust, select the application you created and click on Edit Claim Issuance Policy.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - SAML 2.0 Wizard Edit Claim
  • In Issuance Transform Rule tab click on Add Rule button.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - for SAML 2.0 Wizard Claim Rule
Choose Rule Type
  • Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims and click on Next.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - for SAML 2.0 Configure_LDAP Attributes
Configure Claim Rule
  • Add a Claim Rule Name and select the Attribute Store as required from the dropdown.
  • Under Mapping of LDAP Attributes to outgoing claim types, Select LDAP Attribute as E-Mail-Addresses and Outgoing Claim Type as Name ID.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - for the SAML 2.0 Add Transform Claim Rule
  • Once you have configured the attributes, click on Finish.
  • After configuring ADFS as IDP, you will need the Federation Metadata to configure your Service Provider.
  • To get the ADFS Federation Metadata, you can use this URL
    https://< ADFS_Server_Name >/federationmetadata/2007-06/federationmetadata.xml

You have successfully configured ADFS as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO).

Windows SSO (Optional)

Steps to configure ADFS for Windows Authentication
  • Open elevated Command Prompt on the ADFS Server and execute the following command on it:
    • miniorange img setspn -a HTTP/##ADFS Server FQDN## ##Domain Service Account##

      miniorange img FQDN is Fully Qualified Domain Name (Example : adfs4.example.com)

      miniorange img Domain Service Account is the username of the account in AD.

      miniorange img Example : setspn -a HTTP/adfs.example.com username/domain

  • Open AD FS Management Console, click on Services and go to the Authentication Methods section. On the right, click on Edit Primary Authentication Methods. Check Windows Authentication in Intranet zone.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Primary Authentication Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Management Application
  • Open Internet Explorer. Navigate to Security tab in Internet Options.
  • Add the FQDN of AD FS to the list of sites in Local Intranet and restart the browser.
  • Select Custom Level for the Security Zone. In the list of options, select Automatic Logon only in Intranet Zone.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - for the SAML 2.0 Wizard_Enable SAML
  • Open the powershell and execute following two commands to enable windows authentication in Chrome browser.
    • Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents ((Get-ADFSProperties | Select -ExpandProperty WIASupportedUserAgents) + "Chrome")
      Get-AdfsProperties | Select -ExpandProperty WIASupportedUserAgents;
  • You have successfully configured ADFS for Windows Authentication.

3. Configure Umbraco as SP

There are below two ways 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 simply configure the identity provider metadata in the module using the Upload IdP Metadata option.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - Upload Metadata
  • You can choose any one of the options according to the metadata format you are available with.
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 x.509 Certificate. Configure these values under IDP Entity ID, Single Sign-On Url and SAML X509 Certificate fields respectively.
  • Click Save to save your IDP details.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - test configuration

4. Test Configuration

  • Click on Test Configuration button to test whether the SAML configuration you’ve done is correct or not.
  • The below screenshot shows a successful result.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - saml dll testconfig

5. Attribute Mapping

  • Map your umbraco attributes with the Identity Provider (IdP) attributes.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) - attribute mapping
  • Click on Save Attribute Mapping button to save the settings.

6. Login Settings

  • Use the following URL as a link in your Umbraco site from where you want to initiate SSO:
    https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=login
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=login”>Login</a>"

7. Logout Settings

  • Use the following URL as a link in your Umbraco from where you want to perform SLO:
    https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=logout
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=logout”>Logout</a>"

You can configure the Umbraco SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) module with any Identity Providers such as ADFS, ADFS, 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. Check the list of identity providers here.

8. Additional Resources

Need Help?

Not able to find your identity provider? Mail us on umbracosupport@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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