Federated Directory 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 Federated Directory

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

Step 1: Get Google identity provider (IdP) information
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Click Add appand thenSearch for apps.
  4. Enter Federated Directory in the search field.
  5. In the search results, hover over the Federated Directory SAML app and click Select
  6. On the Google Identity Provider details page:
    • Copy and save the SSO URL.
    • Download the Certificate.

Leave the Admin console open, you'll continue with the SSO configuration wizard after performing the next step in the Federated Directory application.

Step 2: Set up Federated Directory as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Open a new incognito browser window.
  2. Sign in to http://www.federated.directory with your organization's Federated Directory account.
  3. Click the menu icon at top left, then Directories.
  4. Select the directory you want to connect to G Suite, then the Config tab.
  5. Copy the id and save it (you'll need this value when you return to the Admin console to finish configuring SSO for Federated Directory).
  6. Under Authentication method, select SAML authentication.
  7. In the Login page URL field, enter the SSO URL you copied in Step 1.
  8. In the Verification certificate field, paste the contents of the certificate file you downloaded in Step 1.
  9. Click Save authentication method to save your changes, then close your incognito browser window and return to the Admin console to continue configuration.
Step 3: Finish SSO configuration in Admin console
  1. In the SSO configuration wizard, click Next.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. On the Service provider details page, edit the default contents of the ACS URL and Entity ID fields, replacing {directoryId} with the Directory ID you copied from the Federated Directory SSO settings in Step 2 above.
  4. Click Continue.

    Note: Attribute mapping is not required for Federated Directory.

  5. On the Attribute mapping page, click Finish.
Step 4: Enable the Federated Directory app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Federated Directory.
  4. Click User access.
  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. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, 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. (Optional) Turn on the service for a group of users.
    Use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within or across your organizational units. Learn more

  8. Ensure that your Federated Directory user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 5: Verify that the SSO is working

Federated Directory supports both Identity Provider (IdP) initiated and Service Provider (SP) initiated SSO. Follow these steps to verify SSO in either mode:

IdP-initiated

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Federated Directory.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    Federated Directory should open in a separate tab. If it doesn’t, use the information in the resulting SAML error messages to update your IdP and SP settings as needed, then retest SAML login.

SP-initiated

  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open https://www.federated.directory/of/{your_company_name}
    and attempt to 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 Federated Directory.
Step 6: Set up auto-provisioning

As a super administrator, you can automatically provision users in the Federated Directory application.



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