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Zoho SSO login: Configure Zoho as an IDP


Zoho SSO solution by miniOrange allows your users to securely sign into Zoho using their existing login credentials. Credentials here means existing Organizational Identity, Directory, Database, or Identity Provider (Azure Active Directory, Ping, ADFS, Database) where your users are stored.
miniOrange gives you easy and safe access to your Zoho account with full control of authentication for the application through miniOrange's Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) solution.

In addition, miniOrange offers an easy-to-install system for Zoho Single-Sign-On together with other Identity Access Management features. Additional IAM features here means - Multi-factor Authentication, Adaptive Authentication and User Provisioning.


  • SP Initiated Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • IdP Initiated Single Sign-On (SSO)

Connect with External Source of Users


miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Shibboleth, Ping, Okta, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more.



Prerequisite:

  • To get started you need to have an active Zoho account with administrator rights for your organization.
  • Get the miniOrange SP metadata that you will require in the first step. For this, go to the miniOrange Admin Console >> Identity Providers >> Add Identity provider >> SAML Tab. Then click on the Click here link.
  • Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)

    Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)

  • Keep ACS URL, Single Logout URL and Entity ID or Issuer which you will require in Zoho console in Step 1.
  • Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)

  • To setup branding, go to the Customization section from the left navigation bar.
  • In Basic Settings, set the Organization Name of your choice.
  • Click Save. Once that is set, the branded login URL would be of the format https://<custom_domain>.xecurify.com/moas/login
  • 2FA Two-Factor authentication for Fortinet Fortigate : setting up branding

Steps to setup Zoho as an IDP and miniOrange as a Service Provider (SP) for SSO login

1. Configure miniOrange as Service Provider (SP) in Zoho

  • Login to your Zoho domain as an Account Administrator.
  • Go to the Applications tab from the left navigation bar.
  • Click on Add application button on the top right corner.
  • Zoho Single Sign On (SSO) authentication

  • On the top right corner, click on Create Custom App.
  • Zoho Single Sign On (SSO) select saml

  • Enter Display Name.
  • From SSO Mode, select SAML from the dropdown.
  • Zoho Single Sign On (SSO) select saml

  • Enter the SP metadata details that you saved from miniOrange:
  • Sign-In URL Paste the SSO Login URL that you copied from the miniOrange SP metadata section
    Sign-Out URL Paste the SSO Logout URL that you copied from the miniOrange SP metadata section
    Assertion Consumer Service URL Paste the ACS URL that you copied from the miniOrange SP metadata section
    Issuer Paste the EntityID that you copied from the miniOrange SP metadata section
  • Click on the Done button. miniOrange is successfully saved as a SP in Zoho.
  • Zoho Single Sign On (SSO) select saml

  • Now click on the application that you created. Go to the Single Sign-On tab >> Identity Provider Details. Click on the Download IDP Metadata. This you will require while configuring Zoho as an IDP in the miniOrange console.
  • Zoho Single Sign on (SSO) configured settings

2. Configure Zoho as Identity Provider (IDP) in miniOrange

  • Go back to the miniOrange admin console >> Identity Providers >> Add Identity provider >> SAML Tab. Then click on the Import IDP Metadata button.
  • Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)

  • Upload the XML metadata file that you downloaded from the Zoho in Step 1 using the Import IDP Metadata feature.
  • Enter the IDP name as Zoho, select File as the IDP Metadata format and upload the XML file.
  • Then click on the Import button.
  • Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)

  • Your IDP metadata details will be auto-filled.
  • Enable the toggle button Enable for Enduser Login.
  • Click on Save.
  • Configure Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO)


3. Test SSO Configuration

Test SSO login to your miniOrange account with Zoho IDP:

    Using SP-Initiated Login

    • Go to your miniOrange branded login URL. Here you will be either asked to enter the username or click on the SSO link (Login with Zoho) which will redirect you to the Zoho IdP Sign-On Page.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO): SP-Initiated login

    • Enter your miniOrange login credentials and login. You will be automatically logged in to your miniOrange dashboard.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO): SP-Initiated login

    Using IDP Initiated Login

    • For IDP-initiated login, you need to have IDP-initiated metadata values from the miniOrange. For this, go back to the miniOrange dashboard >> Identity Providers >> Select Metadata against your IDP.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) verify configuration

    • Click on Show Metadata details in FOR IDP - INITIATED SSO section and copy the ACS URL. This you will require in Zoho console.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) verify configuration

    • Go back to the Zoho admin console and then Applications tab from the left navigation bar.
    • Click on the application that you created (In our case: miniOrange), to verify the SSO configuration.
    • Click on Single Sign-On tab >> Service Provider.
    • Paste the ACS URL in the Assertion Consumer Service URL field that you copied from the miniOrange in the previous step and save the settings.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) verify configuration

    • Go to the User Home from the left navigation bar and click on miniOrange app.
    • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) login

    • You will be successfully logged into the miniOrange dashboard.

    Not able to configure or test SSO?

    Contact us or email us at idpsupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you setting it up in no time.



4. Configure Your User Directory (Optional)

miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Okta, Shibboleth, Ping, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more. You can configure your existing directory/user store or add users in miniOrange.



  • To add your users in miniOrange there are 2 ways:
  • 1. Create User in miniOrange

    • Click on Users >> User List >> Add User.
    • Zoho: Add user in miniOrange

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • Zoho: Add user details

    • After successful user creation a notification message "An end user is added successfully" will be displayed at the top of the dashboard.
    • Zoho: Add user details

    • Click on Onboarding Status tab. Check the email, with the registered e-mail id and select action Send Activation Mail with Password Reset Link from Select Action dropdown list and then click on Apply button.
    • Zoho: Select email action

    • Now, Open your email id. Open the mail you get from miniOrange and then click on the link to set your account password.
    • On the next screen, enter the password and confirm password and then click on the Single Sign-On (SSO) reset password button.
    • Zoho: Reset user password
    • Now, you can log in into miniOrange account by entering your credentials.

    2. Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.

    • Navigate to Users >> User List. Click on Add User button.
    • Zoho: Add users via bulk upload

    • In Bulk User Registration Download sample csv format from our console and edit this csv file according to the instructions.
    • Zoho: Download sample csv file

    • To bulk upload users, choose the file make sure it is in comma separated .csv file format then click on Upload.
    • Zoho: Bulk upload user

    • After uploading the csv file successfully, you will see a success message with a link.
    • Click on that link you will see list of users to send activation mail. Select users to send activation mail and click on Send Activation Mail. An activation mail will be sent to the selected users.
  • Click on External Directories >> Add Directory in the left menu of the dashboard.
  • Zoho: Configure User Store

  • Select Directory type as AD/LDAP.
  • Zoho: Select AD/LDAP as user store

    1. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION IN MINIORANGE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in miniOrange. If active directory is behind a firewall, you will need to open the firewall to allow incoming requests to your AD.
    2. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION ON PREMISE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in your premise and only allow access to AD inside premises. You will have to download and install miniOrange gateway in your premise.
    3. Zoho: Select ad/ldap user store type

  • Enter LDAP Display Name and LDAP Identifier name.
  • Select Directory Type as Active Directory.
  • Enter the LDAP Server URL or IP Address against LDAP Server URL field.
  • Click on Test Connection button to verify if you have made a successful connection with your LDAP server.
  • Zoho: Configure LDAP server URL Connection

  • In Active Directory, go to the properties of user containers/OU's and search for Distinguished Name attribute.
  • Zoho: Configure user bind account domain name

  • Enter the valid Bind account Password.
  • Click on Test Bind Account Credentials button to verify your LDAP Bind credentials for LDAP connection.
  • Zoho: Check bind account credentials

  • Search Base is the location in the directory where the search for a user begins. You will get this from the same place you got your Distinguished name.
  • Zoho: Configure user search base

  • Select a suitable Search filter from the drop-down menu. To use custom Search Filter select "Write your Custom Filter" option and customize it accordingly.
  • Zoho: Select user search filter

  • You can also configure following options while setting up AD. Enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP. Click on the Save button to add user store.
  • Zoho: Activate LDAP options

    Here's the list of the attributes and what it does when we enable it. You can enable/disable accordingly.

    Attribute Description
    Activate LDAP All user authentications will be done with LDAP credentials if you Activate it
    Sync users in miniOrange Users will be created in miniOrange after authentication with LDAP
    Fallback Authentication If LDAP credentials fail then user will be authenticated through miniOrange
    Allow users to change password This allows your users to change their password. It updates the new credentials in your LDAP server
    Enable administrator login On enabling this, your miniOrange Administrator login authenticates using your LDAP server
    Show IdP to users If you enable this option, this IdP will be visible to users
    Send Configured Attributes If you enable this option, then only the attributes configured below will be sent in attributes at the time of login

  • Click on Save. After this, it will show you the list of User stores. Click on Test Connection to check whether you have enter valid details. For that, it will ask for username and password.
  • Zoho: Test AD/Ldap connection

  • On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
  • Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
  • Zoho LDAP successful connection

  • Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  • Zoho: Fetch mapped attributes for user

  • After successful Attribute Mapping Configuration, go back to the ldap configuration and enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP.
  • Refer our guide to setup LDAPS on windows server.

User Import and Provisioning from AD

  • Go to Settings >> Product Settings in the Customer Admin Account.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   miniOrange dashboard

  • Enable the "Enable User Auto Registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   Enable User Auto Registration

  • (Optional) To send a welcome email to all the end users that will be imported, enable the "Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration

  • From the Left-Side menu of the dashboard select Provisioning.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync/Provisioning

  • In Setup Provisioning tab select Active Directory in the Select Application drop-down.
  • Toggle the Import Users tab, click on Save button.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync Active Directory Configuration

  • On the same section, switch to Import Users section.
  • Select Active Directory from the dropdown and click on the Import Users tab, to import all the users from Active Directory to miniOrange.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync Import Operation

  • You can view all the Users you have imports by selecting Users >> User List from Left Panel.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User List

  • All the imported users will be auto registered.
  • These groups will be helpful in adding multiple 2FA policies on the applications.

miniOrange integrates with various external user sources such as directories, identity providers, and etc.

Not able to find your IdP or Need help setting it up?


Contact us or email us at idpsupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you setting it up in no time.



5. Adaptive Authentication with Zoho

A. Restricting access to Zoho with IP Blocking

    You can use adaptive authentication with Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) to improve the security and functionality of Single Sign-On. You can allow a IP Address in certain range for SSO or you can deny it based your requirements and you can also challenge the user to verify his authenticity. Adaptive authentication manages the user authentication bases on different factors such as Device ID, Location, Time of Access, IP Address and many more.

    You can configure Adaptive Authentication with IP Blocking in following way:
  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication policy

  • Select your Action for behavior Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behavior Change Section.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behavior change


    Action for behavior Change Options :


    Attribute Description
    Allow Allow user to authenticate and use services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.
    Challenge Challenge users with one of the three methods mentioned below for verifying user authenticity.
    Deny Deny user authentications and access to services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.

    Challenge Type Options :

    Attribute Description
    User second Factor The User needs to authenticate using the second factor he has opted or assigned for such as
  • OTP over SMS
  • PUSH Notification
  • OTP over Email
  • And 12 more methods.
  • KBA (Knowledge-based authentication) The System will ask user for 2 of 3 questions he has configured in his Self Service Console. Only after right answer to both questions user is allowed to proceed further.
    OTP over Alternate Email User will receive a OTP on the alternate email he has configured threw Self Service Console. Once user provides the correct OTP he is allowed to proceed further.

  • Now Enable Enable IP Restriction option from the IP RESTRICTION CONFIGURATION section to configure custom IP range.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication ip blocking

  • Select the Action you want to perform if the IP address is out of the range. i.e. Allow, Challenge & Deny.
  • Specify the IP Address range for which you want above setting to reflect. You can add more than one IP Address ranges by clicking on following button +.
  • Scroll to the end and click on save.

B. Adaptive Authentication with Limiting number of devices.

    Using Adaptive Authentication you can also restrict the number of devices the end user can access the Services on. You can allow end users to access services on a fixed no. of devices. The end users will be able to access services provided by us on this fixed no. of devices.

    You can configure Adaptive Authentication with Device Restriction in following way

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • Select your Action for behavior Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behavior Change Section.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behavior and challenge type


  • Scroll down to Device Configuration section and enable Allow User to Register Device option to allow users to register their devices.
  • Enter the Number of Devices which are allowed to register in field next to Number of Device Registrations Allowed
  • Choose Action if number of devices exceeded (This will override your setting for Action for behavior Change.)
    1. Challenge: The user needs to verify himself using any of the three methods mentioned in table in step 5.1
    2. Deny : Deny users access to the system
  • Enable option Send email alerts to Users if number of Device registrations exceeded allowed count if you want to alert the user about no of devices exceeding the limit. Save the configuration.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication enable device restriction


C. Add Adaptive Authentication policy to Zoho.

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Policies.
  • Click on Edit option for predefined app policy.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (sso) edit device restriction policy

  • Set your application name in the Application and select password as Login Method.
  • Enable Adaptive Authentication on Policy page and select the required restriction method as an option.
  • From Select Login Policy dropdown select the policy we created in last step and click on save.
  • Zoho Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access save device restriction policy

    D.Notification and Alert Message.

      This section handles the notifications and alerts related to Adaptive Authentication.It provides the following options :

    • Get email alerts if users login from unknown devices or locations : Admin need to enable this option to enable receiving alerts for different alert options.
      adaptive authentication Action for behavior Change Configuration

    • Option Description
      Challenge Completed and Device Registered Enabling this option allows you to send an email alert when an end-user completes a challenge and registers a device.
      Challenge Completed but Device Not Registered Enabling this option allows you to send an email alert when an end-user completes a challenge but do not registers the device.
      Challenge Failed Enabling this option allows you to send an email alert when an end-user fails to complete the challenge.


      adaptive authentication Action for behavior Change Configuration

    • Next subsection is Send email alerts which allows us to enable or disable alerts for admin and end-users. To enable alerts for admins, you can enable the “Administrators” switch button.

    • adaptive authentication Action for behavior Change Configuration

    • In case you want multiple admins accounts to receive alerts then you can enable the option for admin and then enter the admin emails separated by a ‘,’ in the input field next to Administrators email to receive alerts label. To enable alerts for the end-users, you can enable the “End Users” switch button.
    • In case you want to customize the deny message that end user receive in case his authentication denied due to adaptive policy, you can do this by entering the message inside “Deny message for Adaptive Authentication” text box.
    • adaptive authentication Action for behavior Change Configuration
    How to add a trusted Device
    1. When End-user log in to the self service console after the policy for device restriction is on, he is provided the option to add the current device as a trusted device.

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