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SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On SSO


This document assumes that you are already familiar with the Sharepoint and have an experience in configuring federation across Sharepoint and other Microsoft applications.
Sharepoint supports the WS-Federation protocol for communicating between compliant federation services (miniOrange, AD FS etc.) It requires the use of a Sharepoint Gateway, which acts like an intermediary between miniOrange and Sharepoint and translates SAML 2.0 messages to WS-Federation messages.


SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

miniOrange and SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) integration supports the following features:


  • 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.



Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below for Sharepoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO)

1. Configuring Sharepoint Gateway in miniOrange-

Please refer to the below screenshot to understand information required to configure Sharepoint Gateway as a Custom SAML Application in miniOrange.

  • Log into miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Go to Apps and click on Add Applicaton button.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • In Choose Application Type click on Create App button in SAML/WS-FED application type.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) choose app type

  • Select Custom SAML App.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) manage apps

  • Enter the following information in the respective fields.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) manage apps

2. Sharepoint Gateway Connection with miniOrange IdP

After the above steps, we are able to get the SAML connection information to connect the Sharepoint Gateway to the miniOrange IdP. This steps allows the Sharepoint Gateway to send authentication requests to the miniOrange IdP.

  • Navigate to the Apps section in miniOrange. Locate the Sharepoint Gateway application created in the above step and click on Metadata under the Select dropdown.
  • shareoint On-premise Single Sign On (sso) metadata link

  • If miniOrange IdP is the primary authentication source, use the (Information required to set miniOrange as IDP) option.
  • sharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • If Active Directory is the primary authentication source, use the (Information required to Authenticate via External IDPs) option.
  • sharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • The above information can be used to configure the Sharepoint Gateway. For that, edit the SamlConstants.php in the Sharepoint Gateway.
  • 
    /*ACS FOR SAML RESPONSE FROM MINIORANGE */  
    public static $acs = '';
    
    /*ISSUER OF SAML REQUEST TO MINIORANGE*/
    public static $issuer = '';
    
    /*SAML LOGIN URL*/
    public static $saml_login_url = '';
    public static $saml_logout_url = '';
    
    /*SAML SP ENTITY ID*/
    public static $idp_entity_id ='';
    
    /*X.509 CERTIFICATE*/
    public static $signingPublicKey ='-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
    -----END CERTIFICATE-----';                                                
    
    

3. Configure Sharepoint Website in the Sharepoint Gateway

After the above steps, we are able to get the SAML connection with the miniOrange IdP. The next steps involve configuring the Sharepoint Gateway with the details of the Sharepoint website.

  • Open up the WsFedConstants.php file and edit the following information:
  •          
      public static $aud = 'http(s)://<Base URL of the Sharepoint website>/_trust/';
      public static $issuer = 'randomuuid'; //Can be any random Issuer ID. Needs to be used in the PowerShell script as well
      public static $ctx = 'http(s)://<Base URL of Sharepoint Website>';
            
                                          
  • Once this is done, the Sharepoint Gateway can send valid authentication messages to the Sharepoint website.

4. Configure external Authentication Providers in Sharepoint

  • Execute the MO-SP-demo.ps1 in Powershell with the following arguments.
  •           
    .\MO-SP-demo.ps1 -identifierClaimType "Email" -certPath "<path>\miniorange.cert"
    -realm "urn:miniorange:sharepoint:randomuuid" -signInURL "<server>/sharepointgateway/login.php"
                                            
                                          
  • The following need to be replaced by actual values:
  •           
                  -certPath: <path> needs to be replaced by the location of the miniorange.cert file.
                  -realm: This is the value of the $issuer configured in the previous step.
                  -signInURL: <server> needs to be the hostname of the Sharepoint Gateway.
             
              
  • Once this is done, the Authentication Provider is created.

5. Enable the Authentication Provider for login into the Sharepoint website

To enable the Sharepoint Gateway, login into the Sharepoint Central Administration with an admin user.

  • Navigate to the Security section in the Sharepoint Central Administration.
  • Click on Specify Authentication Providers.
  • sharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • Make sure to select the correct Web Application for the configuration.
  • sharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • Check miniOrange under Trusted Identity Providers and click on Save.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • Add certificate in the Trusted Root, by downloading the below object:
                                  
                $root = New-Object
                System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2("<certificate-path>"")
                New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name "miniOrange Token SigningRoot Authority"-Certificate $root
             
                                                    
                                                  
  • After this, you can test the login for the website. Upon accessing the website, you should see the following dropdown.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • Clicking on miniOrange will take you to the miniOrange login screen.
  • SharePoint On-premise Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • After entering valid credentials, you will be signed-in into the Sharepoint website.

6. 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 >> Add User.
    • SharePoint On-premise VPN 2FA : Add user in miniOrange

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • SharePoint On-premise MFA: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise Two-Factor Authentication: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise 2FA: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise Multi-Factor Authentication: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise 2FA: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise Two-Factor authentication: 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.
    • SharePoint On-premise 2FA : 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 User Stores >> Add User Store in the left menu of the dashboard.
  • SharePoint On-premise 2FA: Configure User Store

  • Select User Store type as AD/LDAP.
  • SharePoint On-premise 2FA: 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. SharePoint On-premise Two-Factor Authentication : 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.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA/2FA: Configure LDAP server URL Connection

  • In Active Directory, go to the properties of user containers/OU's and search for Distinguished Name attribute.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA: 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.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA: 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.
  • SharePoint On-premise 2FA : Configure user search base

  • Select a suitable Search filter from the drop down menu. To use custom Search Filter select "Custom Search Filter" option and customize it accordingly.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA/2FA : 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.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA : 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
    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

  • 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.
  • SharePoint On-premise 2FA: Test AD/Ldap connection

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

  • Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  • SharePoint On-premise MFA: 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 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.

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External References

  1. Configure Authentication Providers On Web Applications In SharePoint

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