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Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO)
miniOrange provides a ready to use solution for Zendesk. This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to Zendesk to your employees within minutes.

Zendesk

Zendesk Support is a system for tracking, prioritizing, and solving customer support tickets. It puts all customer information in one place so that everything is in a single location. Zendesk Guide provides machine learning powered, self-service customer support, using a combination of the Zendesk API, Web Widget, and Mobile SDK as Zendesk Embeddables.

miniOrange provides secure access to Zendesk for enterprises and full control over access to the application. Single Sign On (SSO) into Zendesk with one set of login credentials.


miniOrange Identity Management Features

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

We can connect with any External IDP/Directory

miniOrange provides user authentication from external directories like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc. It also provides user authentication with other IDPs like Shibboleth, PING, Okta, OneLogin, KeyCloak and many more.

Can't find your IDP ? Contact us on idpsupport@xecurify.com. We'll help you set it up in no time.


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

Step 1: Configure Zendesk in miniOrange

  • Login to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Go to Apps >> Manage Apps. Click Configure Apps button.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) add zendesk app

  • Click on SAML tab. Select Zendesk and click Add App button.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) select zendesk app

  • Enter the SP Entity ID or Issuer as https://your_domain.zendesk.com/.
  • Enter the ACS URL as https://your_domain.zendesk.com/access/saml
  • Enter the Single Logout URL as http://samldemo.zendesk.com/home.
  • Select the E-Mail Address from the Name ID dropdown.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) configuration steps

  • Go to the Add Policy and select DEFAULT from the Group Name dropdown.
  • Now enter the Zendesk in the Policy Name field.
  • Select PASSWORD from the First Factor Type dropdown.
  • Click on Save to configure Zendesk.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) add policy

  • Click on Metadata link to download the metadata which will be required later. Click on Link to see the IDP initiated SSO link for zendesk.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) metadata link

  • Keep SAML Login URL , SAML Logout URL and X.509 Certificate which you will require in Step 3.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) keep values

  • Convert X.509 Certificate into SHA1 fingerprint which will require in Step 3.

Step 2: Choose Your User Directory

2.1: 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

    Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) configure user store

  3. Select User Store type as AD/LDAP.
  4. Zendesk Single 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. Zendesk 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. Zendesk 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. Zendesk 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. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) configure user search filter

  14. You can also configure following options while setting up AD.
  15. Zendesk 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. 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.
  17. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) test ad/ldap connection

  18. On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
  19. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) ldap successful connection

  20. Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
  21. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) test attributes mapping

  22. Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  23. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) fetch mapped attributes for user

  24. After successful Attribute Mapping Configuration, go back to the ldap configuration and enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP.

2.2: 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

    2.2.1 Create User in miniOrange

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

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • Zendesk Single 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.
    • Zendesk 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 Reset Password button.
    • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) reset user password
    • Now, you can log in into miniOrange account by entering your credentials.

    2.2.2 Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.

    • Navigate to Users >> User List. Click on Add User button.
    • Zendesk 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.
    • Zendesk 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.
    • Zendesk 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.

    2.2.3 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 3: Setup SSO in Zendesk Admin Account

  • Login to your Zendesk domain.
  • Click on the Settings icon in the left pane.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) admin login

  • Then select Security in the Settings panel.
  • Choose the Single Sign On (SSO) option and select SAML.
  • Enter SAML Login URL, SAML Logout URL and fingerprint value in the required fields that you got from Step 1.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO) enter configuration details

  • Click on Save button to save the Single Sign On (SSO) SAML settings.

Step 4: Login to your Zendesk account with miniOrange IdP by either of the two steps:

    Using SP Initiated Login

    1. Go to your Zendesk URL, enter your credentials then click on Login. Now you will be redirected to miniOrange IdP Sign On Page.
    2. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) login

    3. Enter your miniOrange login credential and click on Login. You will be automatically logged in to your Zendesk account.

    Using IDP Initiated Login

    1. Login to miniOrange IdP using admin credentials and select the User Dashboard from the right side menu.
    2. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) user dashboard

    3. Click on Zendesk application which you added, to verify your sso configuration.
    4. Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) verify configuration

Step 5: Adaptive Authentication with Zendesk

5.1: Restricting access to Zendesk with IP Blocking

    You can use adaptive authentication with Zendesk 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.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) adaptive authnetication policy

  • Select your Action for Behavior Change and Challenge Type for user.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) 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 Challenege 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 Notofication
  • 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 recieve a OTP on the alternate email he has configured threw Self Service Conolse. Once user provides the correct OTP he is allowed to proceed further.

  • Now Disbale Allow all IP'S option from the IP Blocking Configuration section to configure custom IP range.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) 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.

  • Add Adaptive Authentication policy to Zendesk
  • Login to Self Service Console >> Policies.
  • Click on Edit option for predefined SAML app policy.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) edit ip restriction policy

  • Enable Enable Adaptive Authentication option on Policy page and select Device-Id as the Method.
  • From the Select Login Policy dropdown select the policy we created in last step and click on save.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) save ip restriction policy

  • In above mentioned way you can set Adaptive Authentication for Zendesk

5.2: 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 wii be able to access services provided by us on this fixed no. of devices.

    You can cofigure Adaptive Authentication with Device Restriction in follwing 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.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) 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
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) adaptive authentication enable device restriction

  • Choose Action if number of devices exceeded (This will override your setting for Action for Behaviour 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.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) adaptive authentication device restriction


    Add Adaptive Authentication policy to Zendesk
  • Login to Self Service Console >> Policies.
  • Click on Edit option for predefined SAML app policy.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) edit device restriction policy

  • Enable Adaptive Authentication on Policy page and select Device-Id as the Method.
  • From Select Login Policy dropdown select the policy we created in last step and click on save.
  • Zendesk Single Sign On (sso) save device restriction policy

    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.

More Secure authentication with Two-Factor Authentication

The most practical way to strengthen authentication is to require a second factor after the username/password stage. Since a password is something that a user knows, ensuring that the user also has something or using biometrics thwarts attackers that steal or gain access to passwords.

Traditional two-factor authentication solutions use hardware tokens (or "fobs") that users carry on their keychains. These tokens generate one-time passwords for the second stage of the login process. However, hardware tokens can cost up to $40 each. It takes time and effort to distribute them, tracks who has which one, and replace them when they break. They're easy to lose, hard to use, and users consistently report high levels of frustration with token-based systems.


Your choice of the second factor

miniOrange authentication service has 15+ authentication methods.

You can choose from any of the above authentication methods to augment your password based authentication. miniOrange authentication service works with all phone types, from landlines to smart-phone platforms. In the simplest case, users just answer a phone call and press a button to authenticate. miniOrange authentication service works internationally and has customers authenticating from many countries around the world.


For Further Details:

Guide For Single Sign On (SSO)
Zendesk Single Sign On (SSO)

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