Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with ADP

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

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

Prerequisites

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.
  • ADP single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Note

This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

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

  • ADP supports IDP initiated SSO.

Note

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

To configure the integration of ADP into Azure AD, you need to add ADP 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 ADP in the search box.
  6. Select ADP 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 ADP

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with ADP 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 ADP.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with ADP, 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 ADP SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
    1. Create ADP test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in ADP 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 ADP application integration page, click on Properties tab and perform the following steps:

    Single sign-on properties

    a. Set the Enabled for users to sign-in field value to Yes.

    b. Copy the User access URL and you have to paste it in Configure Sign-on URL section, which is explained later in the tutorial.

    c. Set the User assignment required field value to Yes.

    d. Set the Visible to users field value to No.

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

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

  4. 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

  5. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type the URL: https://fed.adp.com

  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. On the Set up ADP 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 ADP.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select ADP.
  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 set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure ADP SSO

To configure single sign-on on ADP side, you need to upload the downloaded Metadata XML on the ADP website.

Note

This process may take a few days.

Configure your ADP service(s) for federated access

Important

Your employees who require federated access to your ADP services must be assigned to the ADP service app and subsequently, users must be reassigned to the specific ADP service. Upon receipt of confirmation from your ADP representative, configure your ADP service(s) and assign/manage users to control user access to the specific ADP service.

  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 ADP in the search box.

  6. Select ADP from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

  7. In the Azure portal, on your ADP application integration page, click on Properties tab and perform the following steps:

    Single sign-on linked properties tab

    1. Set the Enabled for users to sign-in field value to Yes.

    2. Set the User assignment required field value to Yes.

    3. Set the Visible to users field value to Yes.

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

  9. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select Mode as Linked. to link your application to ADP.

    Single sign-on linked

  10. Navigate to the Configure Sign-on URL section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single sign-on

    1. Paste the User access URL, which you have copied from above properties tab (from the main ADP app).

    2. Following are the 5 apps that support different Relay State URLs. You have to append the appropriate Relay State URL value for particular application manually to the User access URL.

      • ADP Workforce Now

        <User access URL>&relaystate=https://fed.adp.com/saml/fedlanding.html?WFN

      • ADP Workforce Now Enhanced Time

        <User access URL>&relaystate=https://fed.adp.com/saml/fedlanding.html?EETDC2

      • ADP Vantage HCM

        <User access URL>&relaystate=https://fed.adp.com/saml/fedlanding.html?ADPVANTAGE

      • ADP Enterprise HR

        <User access URL>&relaystate=https://fed.adp.com/saml/fedlanding.html?PORTAL

      • MyADP

        <User access URL>&relaystate=https://fed.adp.com/saml/fedlanding.html?REDBOX

  11. Save your changes.

  12. Upon receipt of confirmation from your ADP representative, begin test with one or two users.

    1. Assign few users to the ADP service App to test federated access.

    2. Test is successful when users access the ADP service app on the gallery and can access their ADP service.

  13. On confirmation of a successful test, assign the federated ADP service to individual users or user groups, which is explained later in the tutorial and roll it out to your employees.

Create ADP test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called B.Simon in ADP. Work with ADP support team to add the users in the ADP account.

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 and you should be automatically signed in to the ADP for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the ADP tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the ADP 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 ADP 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.