Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Workday

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Workday with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Workday with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Workday.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Workday with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • Workday single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Workday supports SP initiated SSO.

  • Workday Mobile application can now be configured with Azure AD for enabling SSO. For more details on how to configure, please follow this link.


Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of Workday into Azure AD, you need to add Workday from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Workday in the search box.
  6. Select Workday from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Workday

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Workday using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Workday.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Workday, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Workday to configure the SSO settings on application side.
    1. Create Workday test user to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Workday that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Workday application integration page, find the Manage section and select Single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration page, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://impl.workday.com/<tenant>/login-saml2.flex

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://impl.workday.com/<tenant>/login-saml.htmld

    c. In the Logout URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://impl.workday.com/<tenant>/login-saml.htmld


    These values are not the real. Update these values with the actual Sign-on URL, Reply URL and Logout URL. Your reply URL must have a subdomain for example: www, wd2, wd3, wd3-impl, wd5, wd5-impl). Using something like http://www.myworkday.com works but http://myworkday.com does not. Contact Workday Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. Your Workday application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. Workday application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, UPN, etc., so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.

    Screenshot shows User Attributes with the Edit icon selected.


    Here we have mapped the Name ID with UPN (user.userprincipalname) as default. You need to map the Name ID with actual User ID in your Workday account (your email, UPN, etc.) for successful working of SSO.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. To modify the Signing options as per your requirement, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.


    SAML Signing Certificate

    a. Select Sign SAML response and assertion for Signing Option.

    b. Click Save

  8. On the Set up Workday section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Workday.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Workday.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been setup for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Workday

  1. In a different web browser window, sign in to your Workday company site as an administrator.

  2. In the Search box, search with the name Edit Tenant Setup – Security on the top left side of the home page.

    Edit Tenant Security

  3. In the SAML Setup section, click on Import Identity Provider.

    SAML Setup

  4. In Import Identity Provider section, perform the below steps:

    Importing Identity Provider

    a. Give the Identity Provider Name like AzureAD in the textbox.

    b. In Used for Environments textbox, select the appropriate environment names from the dropdown.

    c. Click on Select files to upload the downloaded Federation Metadata XML file.

    d. Click on OK and then Done.

  5. After clicking Done, a new row will be added in the SAML Identity Providers and then you can add the below steps for the newly created row.

    SAML Identity Providers.

    a. Click on Enable IDP Initiated Logout checkbox.

    b. In the Logout Response URL textbox, type http://www.workday.com.

    c. Click on Enable Workday Initiated Logout checkbox.

    d. In the Logout Request URL textbox, paste the Logout URL value, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    e. Click on SP Initiated checkbox.

    f. In the Service Provider ID textbox, type http://www.workday.com.

    g Select Do Not Deflate SP-initiated Authentication Request.

  6. Perform the following steps in the below image.


    a. In the Service Provider ID (Will be Deprecated) textbox, type http://www.workday.com.

    b. In the IDP SSO Service URL (Will be Deprecated) textbox, type Login URL value.

    c. Select Do Not Deflate SP-initiated Authentication Request (Will be Deprecated).

    d. For Authentication Request Signature Method, select SHA256.

    e. Click OK.


    Please ensure you set up single sign-on correctly. In case you enable single sign-on with incorrect setup, you may not be able to enter the application with your credentials and get locked out. In this situation, Workday provides a backup log-in URL where users can sign-in using their normal username and password in the following format:[Your Workday URL]/login.flex?redirect=n

Create Workday test user

  1. Sign in to your Workday company site as an administrator.

  2. Click on Profile at top-right corner, select Home and Click on Directory in the Applications tab.

  3. In the Directory page, select Find Workers in view tab.

    Find workers

  4. In the Find Workers page, select the user from the results.

  5. In the following page,select Job > Worker Security and the Workday account has to match with the Azure active directory as the Name ID value.

    Worker Security


For more information on how to create a workday test user, please contact Workday Client support team.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Workday Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Workday Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Workday tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Workday for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Workday you can enforce Session Control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session Control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.