Workfront cloud application

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Using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can use their Google Cloud credentials to sign in to enterprise-cloud applications.

Set up SSO via SAML for Workfront

Here's how to set up single sign-on (SSO) via SAML for the Workfront® application.

Step 1: Set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP)
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Apps and then SAML Apps.

    To see Apps on the Home page, you might have to click More controls at the bottom. 

  3. Click the plus (+) icon at bottom right.
  4. Locate and click Workfront in the application list.
  5. On the Google IDP Information page:
    • Copy and save the SSO URL.
    • Download the Certificate.
    • Download the IDP metadata file.
  6. Click Next.

    The Basic information window shows the Application name and Description seen by users.

  7. Click Next.
  8. On Service Provider Details page, edit the ACS URL and Entity ID, replacing {yoursubdomain} with your Workfront account domain name.
  9. Click Finish.
Step 2: Set up Workfront as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Open a new incognito browser window.
  2. Sign in to https://{your-subdomain}.my.workfront.com using your Workfront subdomain.
  3. Click the Setup menu at top.
  4. From the left menu, click System > Single Sign-On (SSO).
  5. In the Type dropdown, select "SAML 2.0".
  6. Under Populate fields from Identity Provider Metadata, click Choose File, then select the  IDP metadata file you downloaded in Step 1.
  7. (Optional) After uploading the IDP metadata file,  the Login Portal URL should be automatically filled in. If it's not, enter the SSO URL you copied in Step 1.
  8. For Secure Hash Algorithm, select "SHA-1".
  9. (Optional) Check Auto-provision Users if you want to later auto provision your Google users for the Workfront app.
  10. Under Certificate, click Choose File and select the certificate file you downloaded in Step 1.
  11. Check the Admin Exemption and Enable checkboxes.
  12. Click Save.

Enable SSO in Workfront for individual Google users:

  1. Click the People menu, then click the People tab. 
  2. Check the box at left to select a user, then click Edit above the user list.
  3. In the Federation ID field, enter the user's Google email address.
  4. Click Access in the menu at left and choose an Access Level for this user.
  5. Click Save Changes and exit Workfront.
Step 3: Enable the Workfront app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Apps and then SAML Apps.

    To see Apps on the Home page, you might have to click More controls at the bottom. 

  3. Select Workfront.
  4. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service Compose.

  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
    4. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  7. Ensure that your Workfront user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that the SSO is working
  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open https://{your-subdomain}.my.workfront.com and sign in. You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  3. Enter your sign in credentials.
  4. After your sign in credentials are authenticated, you are automatically redirected back to Workfront.
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