Configuring Single Sign On for Secured Signing using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

Setting up active directory federation services for use with Secured Signing will allow the nominated users within your domain to use the Secured Signing service using their network credentials. When the single sign on option is enabled in Secured Signing, logged in users will not need to enter their username and password in Secured Signing.

The configuration process requires:

  1. Activation and configuration of federations services within Active Directory;
  2. Add Secured Signing as a relying party trust in ADFS; and
  3. Configuration of your Secured Signing membership to accept authentication against Active Directory using federation services.

Install and Configure ADFS 2.0

If not already installed, download & install ADFS 2.0. The software is available from:

NOTE: Don’t install the ADFS role from server management

If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2, you will need to apply the ADFS 2.0 hot fix. Download it from:

Prepare a valid ssl certificate (.pfx file, with private key). This certificate will be used by the ADFS federation service website, so it should be valid with your ADFS website domain name.

Import this certificate to IIS

Open IIS, click server node, double click "Server Certificates", then click "Import" at the right action panel.

Configure the ADFS 2.0 Federation service

Run ADFS 2.0 Management Console as domain administrator. Run “Create new federation service” wizard. Use the certificate imported above to finish the configuration.

In IIS manager, go to the "Default Web Site/adfs/ls" application,. Double click “Authentication”, enable “Windows Authentication”. In the advanced settings window, select “Extended Protection” to “Off”.

On IIS manager, add https bindings with above certificate to Default Web Site.

Don’t change other default settings in IIS

In ADFS 2.0 Management Console, find metadata xml path from right panel of “ADFS 2.0/Service/Endpoints”. It should be in the format

Verify the ADFS service is running by accessing the server: /adfs/ls/IdpInitiatedSignon.aspx

Enable CROS for ADFS website

Add below lines to the web.config under "Default Web Site/adfs/ls" application directory:

            <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Origin" value="*" /> 

Optional: set token caching time in the power shell console:

> Set-ADFSProperties -SSOLifetime 5
> Set-ADFSRelyingPartyTrust -TargetName -TokenLifeTime 5
> Set-ADFSProperties -ReplayCacheExpirationInterval 5
> Set-ADFSProperties -SamlMessageDeliveryWindow 5

Restart the ADFS 2.0 service and IIS

Add relying party trust

Once ADFS is ready, add a new relying party trust to the ADFS service.

In the ADFS 2.0 console, run “Add Relying Party Trust” wizard.

Click “Start”, select “Enter data about the relying party manually” option and click “Next”.

Enter a display name and click “Next”

Select “ADFS 2.0 profile” options and click “Next”

You can Ignore the encryption certificate, so just click “Next”

Enable both WS-Federation Passive protocol and SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol. For both protocols input as endpoints and click “Next”

Input as identifiers and click “Next”

Select the “Permit all users to access this relying party” option and click “Next”

Click “Next” and “Close”

In the popup claim rule window, add a new “Transform Claim Rule”

In the popup wizard, select “Send LDAP Attributes as Claims” and click “Next”

Input the rule name, select “Active Directory” as the Attribute store and select the LDAP attributes below:

E-Mail-Address   -> E-Mail Address
Surname -> Surname
Given-Name -> Given Name
User-Principal-Name -> Windows account Name

Click “Finish”

Setup Single Sign On with ADFS in your Secured Signing Membership

You need an enterprise account to integrate secured signing with your own ADFS server.

Login to the Enterprise Portal and go to "Memberships".

Select the membership that requires single sign on with ADFS. In the "Single Sign On" tab. Enable Single Sign On and input your "Federation Metadata Address".

Click "Users Setup" button. This will open the Accounts management page where you can manage your accounts to use ADFS integration. All accounts under this membership must login with ADFS. Users will no longer be able to authenticate using a username and password to access Secured Signing.

Select an account from the account list, input the "User Domain Name Login (ADFS)" and save. This Single Sign On input option is visible only when the "Single Sign On" has been enabled for the membership.

The User Domain Name Login should be in the format ‘Domain\Windows Account’. This should be the "User logon name (pre-Windows 2000)" property from Active Directory User properties.

The "User Domain Name Login" is case insensitive. It should not be duplicated (use same domain name for different accounts) in one membership.

You need to setup all accounts for ADFS login.

Activate user account

Once user account created, the user will receive an activation email, click "Click to Activate" button in the email. Then in the activation page, click "Activate" button.

Join an Existing Secured Signing Account to a Membership with Single Sign On enabled

For an existing user, he/she can join a membership by adding the membership code to the "My Account" -> "My Details" page

If this membership is configured to use Single Sign On with ADFS, the user will need to enter tjheir User Domain Name Login and click "OK" to join the membership.

Initial Login with Single Sign On (ADFS)

Once single sign on is enabled, the first time each user accesses Secured Signing they will need to input their email to login. A password is not required.

The system will check if Single Sign On is enabled for this user. If so, it will redirect to your ADFS server website. Then the user input his/her windows logon credential to login with your ADFS server. The user can check the option to "Remember my email" to login with ADFS next time.

Once the user has logged in with ADFS successfully, the user will be redirected to Secured Signing. On subsequent logins, the user's domain name will be remembered. Click "Log in with ADFS" the user will be logged in to Secured Signing using the domain name to login.

Please notice that, with this option, you should logon to windows with your own account to login with ADFS. Otherwise, you may see an error saying "Cannot login, use your own computer to retry or contact your administrator.".