Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Ceridian Dayforce HCM

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Ceridian Dayforce HCM with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Ceridian Dayforce HCM with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Ceridian Dayforce HCM.
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Ceridian Dayforce HCM (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Ceridian Dayforce HCM, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Ceridian Dayforce HCM single-sign on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Ceridian Dayforce HCM from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add Ceridian Dayforce HCM from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Ceridian Dayforce HCM, select Ceridian Dayforce HCM from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Ceridian Dayforce HCM in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Ceridian Dayforce HCM based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Ceridian Dayforce HCM is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Ceridian Dayforce HCM needs to be established.

In Ceridian Dayforce HCM, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Ceridian Dayforce HCM, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create a Ceridian Dayforce HCM test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Ceridian Dayforce HCM that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Ceridian Dayforce HCM application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Ceridian Dayforce HCM, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Ceridian Dayforce HCM application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Ceridian Dayforce HCM Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Sign On URL textbox, type the URL used by your users to sign-on to your Ceridian Dayforce HCM application.

    Environment URL
    For production https://sso.dayforcehcm.com/<DayforcehcmNamespace>
    For test https://ssotest.dayforcehcm.com/<DayforcehcmNamespace>

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:

    Environment URL
    For production https://ncpingfederate.dayforcehcm.com/sp
    For test https://fs-test.dayforcehcm.com/sp

    c. In the Reply URL textbox, type the URL used by Azure AD to post the response.

    Environment URL
    For production https://ncpingfederate.dayforcehcm.com/sp/ACS.saml2
    For test https://fs-test.dayforcehcm.com/sp/ACS.saml2

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-On URL. Contact Ceridian Dayforce HCM Client support team to get these values.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  5. Your Ceridian Dayforce HCM application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Work with Ceridian Dayforce HCM support team first to identify the correct user identifier. Microsoft recommends using the "name" attribute as user identifier. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on application integration page. The following screenshot shows an example for this.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. In the User Attributes section on the Single sign-on dialog, configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    name user.extensionattribute2

    a. Click Add attribute to open the Add Attribute dialog.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. In the Value list, select the user attribute you want to use for your implementation. For example, if you want to use the EmployeeID as unique user identifier and you have stored the attribute value in the ExtensionAttribute2, then select user.extensionattribute2.

    d. Click Ok.

  7. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  8. On the Ceridian Dayforce HCM Configuration section, click Configure Ceridian Dayforce HCM to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Ceridian Dayforce HCM Configuration

  9. To configure single sign-on on Ceridian Dayforce HCM side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML and Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL to Ceridian Dayforce HCM support team.

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create a Ceridian Dayforce HCM test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Ceridian Dayforce HCM. Work with the Ceridian Dayforce HCM support team to get users added in the Ceridian Dayforce HCM application.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Ceridian Dayforce HCM.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Ceridian Dayforce HCM, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Ceridian Dayforce HCM.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Ceridian Dayforce HCM.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Ceridian Dayforce HCM, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Ceridian Dayforce HCM.

    The Ceridian Dayforce HCM link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Test single sign-on

The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Ceridian Dayforce HCM tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Ceridian Dayforce HCM application.

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