Configure ADFS as SAML Identity Provider

Create a custom SAML connection to Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to get more flexibility when configuring your mappings. To create the custom connection, you will need to:

  1. Configure ADFS.

  2. Create a SAML connection where Auth0 acts as the service provider.

  3. Edit the Relying Party Trust in ADFS.

  4. Enable and test your integration.

Configure ADFS

Add Relying Party Trust

To learn how to add a relying party trust, read Create a relying party trust at

Create using federation metadata

Follow the steps on Create a claims aware Relying Party Trust using federation metadata (MSDN). For the Federation metadata address in Step 4, the URL you enter should be in one of these formats:

US: https://{yourTenantName}{connectionName}

EU: https://{yourTenantName}{connectionName}

AU: https://{yourTenantName}{connectionName}

JP: https://{yourTenantName}

Custom domain: https://{yourTenantName}/samlp/metadata?connection={connectionName}

Once you've finished creating the relying party trust, continue to the next section.

Create manually

  1. Launch your instance of ADFS and start the Add Relying Party Trust wizard.

  2. On the Welcome page, choose Claims aware and click Start.

  3. On the Select Data Source page, select Enter data about the relying party manually and click Next.

  4. On the Specify Display Name page, provide a descriptive name for your relying party (the typical format is urn:auth0:{yourTenant}:{yourConnectionName}) and a brief description under Notes. Be sure to replace {yourConnectionName} with a unique name you will also use to create a connection in Auth0 in a later step. If you are unsure of the connection name at this time, you can always edit the connection name later. Click Next.

  5. On the Configure Certificate page, click Next. (We will come back to configure the certificate later.)

  6. On the Configure URL page, check the box for Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol. The wizard then asks for a Relying party SAML 2.0 SSO service URL. For the time being, provide a placeholder URL; we will return to this step later. Click Next.

  7. On the Configure Identifiers page, indicate that the Relying party trust identifier is urn:auth0:{yourTenant}:{yourConnectionName} (or whatever value you used as the display name when you started using the wizard). Click Next.

  8. On the Choose Access Control Policy page, select Permit everyone and click Next.

  9. Review the settings you provided on the Ready to Add Trust page and click Next to save your information. If you were successful, you'll see a message indicating that on the Finish page.

  10. Make sure that the Configure claims issuance policy for this application checkbox is selected, and click Close.

Edit Claim Issuance Policy

After you close the Add Relying Party Trust wizard, the Edit Claim Issuance Policy window appears.

  1. Click Add Rule... to launch the wizard.

  2. Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims for your Claim rule template, and click Next.

  3. Provide a value for the Claim rule name, such as "LDAP Attributes" (it can be anything you want).

  4. Choose Active Directory as your Attribute Store.

  5. Map your LDAP attributes to the following outgoing claim types:

    LDAP Attribute Outgoing Claim
    E-Mail-Addresses E-Mail Address
    Display-Name Name
    User-Principal-Name Name ID
    Given-Name Given Name
    Surname Surname

    The Name ID outgoing claim should always be present to ensure correct session handling. We strongly recommend adding all of the claims listed above, especially E-Mail Address, since they are the ones most commonly used. You can add additional claim mappings if necessary.

  6. Click Finish.

  7. In the Edit Claim Issuance Policy window, click Apply. You can now exit out of this window.

Export Signing Certificate

Finally, you'll need to export the signing certificate from the ADFS console to upload it to Auth0.

  1. Using the left-hand navigation pane, go to ADFS > Service > Certificates. Select the Token-signing certificate, and right click to select View Certificate.

  2. On the Details tab, click Copy to File.... This launches the Certificate Export Wizard. Click Next.

  3. Choose Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER) as the format you'd like to use. Click Next.

  4. Provide the location to where you want the certificate exported. Click Next.

  5. Verify that the settings for your certificate are correct and click Finish.

Create SAML connection with Auth0 as service provider

  1. Follow the tutorial on creating a SAML connection where Auth0 acts as the service provider. Where prompted, upload the signing certificate you exported from ADFS.

    The sign in and sign out URLs are usually in the form of https://your.adfs.server/adfs/ls.

  2. Click Save. A page with instructions for creating a new Relying Party Trust in ADFS appears displaying the exact values required for your Auth0 account/connection. Make a note of these values. Here is an example:

    Parameter Example Value
    Post-back URL https://<YOUR CUSTOM DOMAIN>/login/callback?connection=YOUR_CONNECTION_NAME if a custom domain is configured
    https://{yourDomain}/login/callback?connection=YOUR_CONNECTION_NAME if not using custom domains
    Entity ID urn:auth0:{yourTenant}:YOUR_CONNECTION_NAME

Edit Relying Party Trust

  1. In the ADFS console, go to ADFS > Relying Party Trusts using the left-hand navigation pane. Select the Relying Party Trust you created earlier and click Properties (located on the right-hand navigation pane).

  2. Select the Identifiers tab, and populate the Relying Party Identifier with the Entity ID value from the previous screen. Be sure to click Add to add the identifier to your list.

  3. Select the Endpoints tab, and select the placeholder URL you provided earlier. Click Edit....

  4. Populate the Trusted URL with the Post-back URL value.

  5. Click OK. Finally, click Apply and exit the Properties window.

Enable sign requests (optional)

Optionally, you can sign your SAML requests to the ADFS server.

  1. Go to the Settings page for your SAML-P Identity Provider in the Auth0 Dashboard.

  2. Enable Sign Requests.

  3. Just below the Sign Requests toggle is a link to download your certificate.

  4. Return to ADFS and load the downloaded certificate using the Signatures tab of the Relying Party properties dialog.

Enable and test the integration

Before you test your integration, make sure that you've completed the following steps:

  • Create a user on the identity provider that you can use to test your new connection.

  • Enable your Connection for at least one application.

  1. Go to Authentication > Enterprise > SAML.

  2. Select the connection that you want to test and click the ellipses (...) then click Try. The Microsoft Sign in screen will appear. Sign in and click Next.

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