Configuring single sign-on in Network


Only Network administrators can set up single sign-on for a Network instance.

To configure SSO, you must:

  • Obtain IdP information
  • Enable SSO for your Network instance
  • Enter IdP details in Network instance
  • Register Network as an service provider for your IdP
  • Create the SSO security policy
  • Provision users to use SSO
  • Obtain IdP Information

You need the following information from your identity provider:

  • Identity Provider Certificate file: This contains the public key for your identity provider in X.509 certificate format.
  • Issuer: This is used to identify the issuer of SAML assertions. It may be the Server URL of the identity provider.
  • Identity Provider Login URL: This is the redirect login URL for Network that is typically generated by the identity provider when registering Network as a service provider.
  • Identity Provider Logout URL (optional): This is the URL of the page that Network should redirect the user to when logging out of Network. By default, Network will redirect to a static page with a logout message.
  • User IDs: These will need to be mapped to Network user names.
  • SP-Initiated Request URL: This is the request URL for HTTP binding.

Enter IdP details in Network

To access the Single Sign-On Settings page, click Admin > Settings > SSO Settings.

Configure the following required settings on this page using information provided by your Identity Provider:

  • SAML User ID Type: - Choose Network User Name or Federated ID. Learn about these options below.
  • Issuer IdP Certificate - Upload the certificate file provided by the IdP.
  • Identity Provider Login URL - Type the redirect login URL for Network.
  • Identify Provider Relay State URL: RelayState is a parameter that defines where identity providers (idPs) send users after they authenticate. By default, the URL is automatically generated but you can define a custom URL. Custom relay state URLs must contain {NetworkToken}.

    Example custom URL{NetworkToken}

    Network uses the custom URL during authentication and replaces {NetworkToken} with a specific URL or token to direct the user to the correct place.

  • Enable SAML SP-Initiated Single Sign-On: (Optional) Select the checkbox to enable service provider-initiated single sign-on.

If needed, set these optional settings:

  • Identity Provider Logout URL
  • SP-Initiated Request URL

Microsoft ADFS example

The following is an example of setting up SSO with Microsoft® Active Directory® Federated Service (ADFS). The example includes the issuer and the IDP URL that can be found in ADFS.



In order to pass relaystate correctly to ADFS from Network, a custom relaystate URL must be provided. This is an example of how this can be done through Network.

Custom RelayState URL:{NetworkToken}

Identity provider button

You can also define and enable a login button for the specified identity provider. This feature is available if at least one user in the Network instance is using a SAML security policy.

  1. In the Identity Provider Button section, select the Use Custom Login Button checkbox.

  2. Select a logo image to appear to the right of the button text.
  3. Select the fill color of the button, the border color, and text color.
  4. In the lower right corner of the page, click the Save button.

The Network login page will display an additional button to log into the identity provider.

Configure automatic creation of user accounts

The Auto-Creation of User Accounts section on the Single Sign-On Settings page enables creation of multiple standard user accounts in Network without the time consuming process of creating individual accounts manually. Administrators can map the Network attributes to the SAML attributes so when a new user tries to access Network, the mappings are used to create a standard user account.

When you enable this feature, you can configure the following information for automatically created accounts:

Map countries and data visibility profiles

You can define mappings between countries and data visibility profiles for automatically created users.

For example, if a mapping exists for the US to the data visibility profiles for the US and China, automatically created users will have both data visibility profiles.

To define mappings:

  1. Under Country and Data Visibility Profile Mapping, click Add Mapping.
  2. Select a country from the Country drop-down list. You can begin typing a value to see auto-complete options in this field.
  3. Select one or more data visibility profiles from the Profile drop-down list and click the Done link. You can begin typing to see auto-complete options in this field.
  4. Select a language for the mapping.

Register Network as an SP in your IdP

Your identity provider may need the following information:

Network public certificate file: This contains the public key information for Network.

Entity ID: This is a unique name to identify Network to your IdP. Typically, this is your Network domain name. Example:

Destination URL: This is the SAML ACS endpoint in Network. It is a generated field displayed on the Admin > Settings > Single Sign-on Settings page. The field is called Network SSO Login URL.

Postback URL: This also uses the Network SSO Login URL.

Service Provider SAML Attributes: Network accepts a single attribute called “uid” for passing the user name to be used for SSO. The value you pass depends on the SAML User ID Type setting you have chosen (Network User Name or Federated ID).