Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Deputy

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Deputy with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Deputy with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Deputy.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Deputy (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.


To configure Azure AD integration with Deputy, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
  • Deputy single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Deputy supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

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

To add Deputy 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 and then select the All Applications option.

    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 Deputy, select Deputy from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Deputy 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 Deputy based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Deputy needs to be established.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Deputy Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Deputy test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Deputy that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Deputy, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Deputy application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, If you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    Deputy Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:


    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Deputy Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<your-subdomain>.<region>.deputy.com


    Deputy region suffix is optional, or it should use one of these: au | na | eu |as |la |af |an |ent-au |ent-na |ent-eu |ent-as | ent-la | ent-af | ent-an


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Deputy 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.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Deputy section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Deputy Single Sign-On

  1. Navigate to the following URL:https://(your-subdomain).deputy.com/exec/config/system_config. Go to Security Settings and click Edit.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On this Security Settings page, perform below steps.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. Enable Social Login.

    b. Open your Base64 encoded certificate downloaded from Azure portal in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the OpenSSL Certificate textbox.

    c. In the SAML SSO URL textbox, type https://<your subdomain>.deputy.com/exec/devapp/samlacs?dpLoginTo=<saml sso url>

    d. In the SAML SSO URL textbox, replace <your subdomain> with your subdomain.

    e. In the SAML SSO URL textbox, replace <saml sso url> with the Login URL you have copied from the Azure portal.

    f. Click Save Settings.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

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

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com

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

    d. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Deputy.

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Deputy.

    The Deputy link in the Applications list

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

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Deputy test user

To enable Azure AD users to log in to Deputy, they must be provisioned into Deputy. In case of Deputy, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Deputy company site as an administrator.

  2. On the top navigation pane, click People.


  3. Click the Add People button and click Add a single person.

    Add People

  4. Perform the following steps and click Save & Invite.

    New User

    a. In the Name textbox, type name of the user like BrittaSimon.

    b. In the Email textbox, type the email address of an Azure AD account you want to provision.

    c. In the Work at textbox, type the business name.

    d. Click Save & Invite button.

  5. The Azure AD account holder receives an email and follows a link to confirm their account before it becomes active. You can use any other Deputy user account creation tools or APIs provided by Deputy to provision Azure AD user accounts.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Deputy tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Deputy for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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