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Connect Azure Active Directory to Identity Authentication Service

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Configure the Identity Authentication service to leverage your Azure Active Directory setup.
You will learn
  • How to establish trust between your Identity Authentication service and Azure Active Directory
ValAtaValentin AtanassovMarch 30, 2021
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November 13, 2019

The Identity Authentication service offers end-to-end security including several authentication methods between your end users and applications. Leverage a variety of authentication methods including form-based/SAML, client certificate, username and password, and OAuth. In this tutorial we are initially setting up the connection between your Azure Active Directory and the Identity Authentication service in form of exchanging metadata.

Once the connection between your Azure Active Directory and the Identity Authentication service is done you can simply use it to connect it to several applications and environments.

To summarize the steps in this tutorial overall: You are going to exchange metadata (files) of Azure Active Directory and your Identity Authentication service to make them known to each other.

  • Step 1

    Login to Azure Portal by going to and provide your credentials.

    Make sure you are using the right directory within the Azure subscription. The current directory is shown below your user name.

    current directory shown below the user name in the upper right corner of the page

    If it’s not the one you want to use, click on your profile and choose Switch Directory.

    current directory shown below the user name in the upper right corner of the page

    Either set your Default directory by selecting an item in the Dropdown or choose the directory for this particular session by selecting one of the listed options. (see both variants on the screenshot below)

    choose between changing the default directory or to a temporary directory for this session
  • Step 2

    Search for Azure Active Directory in the search bar on the top of the page and select the according entry in the shown results below.

    search for Active directory

    Click the menu item Enterprise applications.

    enterprise applications menu item

    Click New application.

    click new applicaction

    Azure Active Directory has templates for a variety of applications, one of them is the SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Service. Search for this and select it.

    search for Identity Authentication service

    A new column on the right side will appear to give the application a name. Give the application a name and click Add.

    give the application and name and click Add

    Which other SAP templates for enterprise applications are available?

  • Step 3

    Click the menu item Single sign-on.

    single sign on menu item

    Choose SAML as the Single-Sign On method.

    choose saml as single sign on method

    Download the federation metadata as shown below.

    download federation metadata

    With this information we can setup the trust between Azure Active Directory and Identity Authentication service.

  • Step 4

    Login to the administration console of Identity Authentication service through your particular URL.

    The URL therefore is: https://[TENANT_ID]

    Tenant ID is an automatically generated ID by the system. The first administrator created for the tenant receives an activation e-mail with a URL in it. This URL contains the tenant ID. For more information have a look at SAP Cloud Identity Services - Identity Authentication in the SAP Discovery Center.

  • Step 5

    Navigate to Identity Providers and click Corporate Identity Providers.

    corporate identity provider

    Click Add at the bottom of the page and define a name for the Identity Provider. Click Save to finally create the Identity Provider.

    create a new IdP and give it a name
  • Step 6

    Click SAML 2.0 Configuration and to upload the recently downloaded federation metadata from Azure Active Directory.

    click SAML 2.0 Configuration

    Choose the file from your local file system.

    browse and upload the Azure Active Directory metadata file

    All fields below are automatically going to be filled due to the information provided through the uploaded file.

    enter a name

    Click Save at the bottom of the page.

  • Step 7

    Click on Identity Provider Type.

    navigate to Identity Provider Type

    Change the selection to Microsoft ADFS / Azure AD. Save the the configuration through clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.

    change selection of Identity Provider Type to Azure AD
  • Step 8

    Go to the Tenant Settings in SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Service and navigate to the SAML 2.0 Configuration.

    Navigate to Tenant Settings and SAML 2.0 Configuration

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and Download the metadata file.

    Download the metadata file
  • Step 9

    You have already uploaded the metadata file from Azure Active Directory to Identity Authentication service. It’s time to do it the other way round now and upload the metadata of Identity Authentication service to Azure Active Directory.

    Go back to the and search for Enterprise application in the search bar on top of the page. Select the according result.

    search for enterprise applications

    Select the application you created previously in this tutorial.

    select previously created application

    Go to Single sign-on and select SAML as Single-Sign On method. Click Upload metadata to upload the metadata file from Identity Authentication service.

    Upload the metadata file from Identity Authentication service

    All the details are now taken from the metadata file. There’s nothing to do for you other than saving the details. Therefore, click Save.

    save metadata information
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