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Office 365 Single Sign-On
miniOrange provides a ready to use SSO integration for Office 365. This Single Sign-On solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your clients and users to log in into Office 365.

Office 365 SSO Integration

Office 365 SSO integration by miniOrange provides secure access and full control over multiple Web and SaaS applications to enterprise users and clients. Office 365 SSO let users to Single Sign-On into Office 365 account with one set of login credentials, eliminating user-managed passwords and the risk of phishing. Office 365 Single Sign-On set up leverages the existing on-premise Active Directory infrastructure and provides seamless integration without the need to manage multiple on-premise and cloud identities.

miniOrange supports both IdP (Identity Provider) and SP (Service Provider) initiated Single Sign-on (SSO)

  • IdP Initiated Single Sign-On (SSO)Integration for Office 365

    In IdP Initiated Login, SAML request is initiated from miniOrange IdP.

    • Enduser first authenticates through miniOrange Idp by login into miniOrange Self Service Console.
    • The Enduser will be redirected to their Office 365 account by clicking the Office 365 icon on the Enduser Dashboard - there is no need to log in again.

We can connect with any directory

miniOrange provides user authentication from external directories like Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD,AWS Cognito etc.

Step 1: Prerequisites

1.1: Sync On-Premise Active Directory with Azure Active Directory

    NOTE: If you want to use your On-Premise Active Directory as a user store to Single Sign-On into Office 365 then follow the below steps to sync your AD and Azure AD.

  1. Download the Azure AD Connect
  2. Run the Azure AD installer on your domain machine and follow the setup.

1.2: Verify your UPN Domain in Azure Portal

  1. In the Azure portal navigate to Azure Active Directory >> Custom domain names and click on Add custom domain.
  2. Enter the full domain name in the right pane that pops up and click on Add domain.
  3. Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Add custom domain

  4. A new window will open up with TXT/MX records for the domain. You will have to add the resented entry in your domain name registrar.
  5. Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Add domain record

  6. Click on verify once you have added the entry

Step 2: Setup a Custom Branded URL in miniOrange Admin Console

Single Sign-On into Office 365 requires a custom branded URL to be set. Access to miniOrange and connected resources will need to be through the custom branded URL in the format: https://<custom_domain>.xecurify.com/moas.

  • Login to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Navigate to Customization >> Branding Configuration
  • Under Basic Settings, set the Organization Name as the custom domain name. Once that is set, the branded login URL would be of the format https://<custom_domain>.miniorange.com/moas.
  • Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) setting up branding
  • Click on Save.

Step 3: Choose Your User Directory

3.1: Setup AD as User Directory

  1. Log in to miniOrange dashboard from the Admin Console.
  2. From the Side Menu, Click on User Stores >> Add User Store

    Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) configure user store

  3. Select User Store type as AD/LDAP.
  4. Office 365Single Sign-On (sso) 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. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) select ad/ldap user store type
  5. Enter LDAP Display Name and LDAP Identifier of your choice. Select Directory Type as Active Directory.
  6. Enter the LDAP Server URL or IP Address against LDAP Server URL field.
  7. Go to AD FS-> Domain-> respective Users -> Properties-> Attribute Editor. Now copy the value of distinguishedName and paste it against Bind Account DN.
  8. Office 365  Single Sign-On (sso)configure user bind account domain name

  9. Enter the valid password for the user from above step.
  10. Search Base is the location in the directory where the search for a user begins.
  11. Office 365  Single Sign-On (sso)configure user search base

  12. If you want to add extra conditions on user search you can add it in Search Filter. Select a suitable Search Filter from the Drop-Down. To use custom Search Filter select "Custom Search Filter" option and provide the search filter in the input field that shows up.
  13. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso)configure user search filter

  14. You can also configure following options while setting up AD.
  15. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) configure 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
    Backup 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

  16. Enable Send Configured Attributes and configure "objectguid" in both the text boxes that appear
  17. Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Add ImmutableID

  18. Click on Save. After this, it will show you the list of User stores. Click on Test Configuration to check whether you have enter valid details. For that, it will ask for username and password.
  19. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) test ad/ldap connection

  20. On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
  21. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) ldap successful connection

  22. Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
  23. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) test attributes mapping

  24. Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  25. Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) fetch mapped attributes for user

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


3.2: Setup miniOrange as a User Store

  1. Log in to miniOrange dashboard from the Admin Console.
  2. There are 3 ways to setup miniOrange as an Identity Source

    3.2.1 Create User in miniOrange

    • Click on Users >> Add User.
    • Office 365 Single Sign On (sso)add user in miniOrange

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • Office 365Single Sign On (sso) add user details

    • Click on On Boarding 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.
    • Office 365 Single Sign On (sso) 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.
    • Office 365reset user password
    • Now, you can log in into miniOrange account by entering your credentials.

    3.2.2 Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.

    • Navigate to Users >> User List. Click on Add User button.
    • Office 365 Single Sign On (sso)add user via bulk upload

    • In Bulk User Registration download sample csv format from our console and edit this csv file according to the instructions.
    • Office 365 Single Sign On (sso) 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.
    • Office 365 Single Sign On (sso)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.

    3.2.3 Self User Registration

    • miniOrange self user registration allows end users to register themselves using customized registration form. miniOrange admin users can customize the registration form by adding more custom fields accodring to their choice. Learn More

Step 4: Setup Office 365 - Office 365 in miniOrange

  • Login to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Go to Apps >> Manage Apps. Click on Add Application button.
  • Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) add new saml app

  • Click on SAML tab and search for Office 365. Click on Office 365 app.
  • Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) add Office 365 app

  • Make sure the SP Entity ID or Issuer is: urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline.
  • Make sure the ACS URL is: https://login.microsoftonline.com/login.srf.
  • Select External IDP Attribute from the dropdown and add objectguid in the text-box that appears.
  • Add an attribute with attribute name as IDPEmail and select attribute value as E-mail Address.
  • Set the authentication policy. You can choose to enable 2FA for login or have users login using a standard username-password.
  • Click on Save to configure Office 365.
  • Office 365 Single Sign-On (sso) configuration steps

  • Click on Metadata link to see the Identity Provider information required to configure Office 365. In the Window that opens up, click on the metadata link under "INFORMATION REQUIRED TO AUTHENTICATE VIA EXTERNAL IDPS".
    Note down the following information.
    • IdP Entity ID/Issuer
    • Logout URL
    • Login URL
    • X.509 Certificate
  • Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) App Metadata

Step 5: Configure Microsoft Online Services

  • Open Powershell in Administrator Mode. The Microsoft Online Services module needs to be installed for the below commands to run.
    • Install-Module -Name AzureAD
      • If prompted about installing a module from an untrusted repository, type Y and press ENTER.
    • Install the 64-bit version of the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant. Download it from here.
    • Run the Following command in Powershell to install MSOnline Module : Install-Module MSOnline
      • If prompted to install the NuGet provider, type Y and press ENTER.
      • If prompted to install the module from PSGallery, type Y and press ENTER.
  • Execute the following Powershell commands:
    • $cred = Get-Credential. Enter Office 365 Administrator credentials.
    • Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred.
    • Replace the following information with the one noted in above step:
      • Replace ##DOMAIN NAME## by your Active Directory Domain Name. Ensure that the domain is not the default domain name as the default one cannot be set as the federated domain
      • Replace ##IDP ENTITY ID## with the IdP Entity ID/Issuer Noted above.
      • Replace ##LOGOUT URL## with the Logout URL Noted above.
      • Replace ##CERTIFCATE## with the X.509 Certificate Noted above.
      • Set-MsolDomainAuthentication -Authentication Federated -DomainName ##DOMAIN NAME## -IssuerUri ##IDP ENTITY ID## -LogOffUri "##LOGOUT URL##" -PassiveLogOnUri "##LOGIN URL##" -SigningCertificate "##CERTIFICATE##" -PreferredAuthenticationProtocol SAMLP
  • You cannot federate your default "onmicrosoft.com" domain. To federate your Office 365 tenant, you must add a custom domain to Office 365.

Step 6: Now sign in to your Office 365 account with miniOrange IdP by either of the two steps:

    1. Using SP initiated login :-

    1. Go to Office 365 Login and click on sign-in
    2. You will be redirected to Microsoft Online portal. Here you have to enter the UPN of the user.(It should contain the domain that is federated with miniOrange)
    3. Now you will be redirected to miniOrange IdP Sign On Page.

    4. Enter Microsoft UPN for Single Sign-on SSO integration with Office 365

    5. Enter your login credential and click on Login. You will be automatically logged in to your Office 365 account.
    6. Entering Office 365 Credentials you have successfully loginto Office 365 using Single Sign-On SSO integration

    2. Using IdP initiated login :-

    1. Login to your miniOrange Self Service Console as an End User and click on the Office 365 icon on your Dashboard.
    2. Once you click on Office 365 you don't need to enter credentials again you will be redirected to Office 365 account.
    3. Select office365 to Single Sign-On (sso) to Office 365

For further details refer following Documents :

  1. Office 365 SSO integration with on-premises environments

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