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Saml with Azure Active Directory

This guide walks you through configuring your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) as a SAML SSO identity provider (IDP) for Ostorlab.


Configuring Azure AD

Add an application to your Azure AD tenant

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, select Azure Active Directory.
  2. Select Enterprise applications. It will show some of the existing applications in your Azure AD tenant. Enterprise Applications

  3. Select New application. New Application

  4. Select Non-gallery application tile and in the Add your own application panel, enter Ostorlab as the application name then select Add. Non Gallery Application

  5. In the new Ostorlab application, navigate to the Single sign-on section, and select SAML. Single sign-on

  6. Select the Edit icon on the Basic SAML Configuration panel. Saml Configuration

Enter Ostorlab configuration into your Azure AD application

The values you need to use are dependent upon your Ostorlab organisation prefix. Be sure to replace <os> with your actual organisation prefix

SAML Setting Value
Identifier (Entity ID)
Reply URL Unknown (Needs to be replaced)
Relay State Unknown (Needs to be replaced)

Edited Saml Configuration

Configure the name identifier format

  1. Select the Edit icon on the User Attributes & Claims panel. Attributes and Claims Panel

  2. Then, select the Edit icon next to Name identifier value. Attributes and Claims

  3. In the Manage User Claims panel, expand Choose name identifier format and select Email address. Name Identifier Format

  4. Finally, select Save at the bottom of the Manage User Claims panel.

    Important: Do not change the value of Name ID Format value once your users have started using Ostorlab—not even switching its value between Email or Persistent
    Note: Be sure to assign users and groups to use your new Ostorlab SAML application. That is how you can control membership access to your Ostorlab organisation. See the Azure AD documentation for more information.

Now that the Azure AD-side of the SAML SSO configuration is complete, you will need to configure the Ostorlab to receive SAML SSO requests from your Azure AD.

Configuring Your Ostorlab Organisation

To configure your Ostorlab organisation to accept SAML SSO requests from Azure AD, you will need to download the SAML application’s configuration data and then pass that to Ostorlab.

  1. Back on the Azure AD’s application settings page, select the SAML Signing Certificate panel. Then select Download next to Federated Metadata XML and save the resulting file. Download XML

  2. Sign into Ostorlab and navigate to the SAML integration section.

  3. Open up the XML document you downloaded from the Azure AD portal, and paste its full contents into the Identity Provider Metadata field. Saml configuration

  4. Select Update.

Signing into Ostorlab using Azure AD

Once your Azure AD application is created, and its configuration data passed to Ostorlab, you can now sign in to Ostorlab using your SAML SSO credentials.

Navigate to, click LOGIN VIA SSO and enter the prefix of your Ostorlab organisation. If everything is configured correctly, you should be prompted to sign in to your Azure AD instance, and then immediately be redirected back to Ostorlab.