Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SAP HANA

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate SAP HANA with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

When you integrate SAP HANA with Azure AD, you get the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to SAP HANA.
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed into SAP HANA with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location--the Azure portal.

For more information about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory?.


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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A SAP HANA subscription that's single sign-on (SSO) enabled
  • A HANA instance that's running on any public IaaS, on-premises, Azure VM, or SAP large instances in Azure
  • The XSA Administration web interface, as well as HANA Studio installed on the HANA instance


We do not recommend using a production environment of SAP HANA to test the steps in this tutorial. Test the integration first in the development or staging environment of the application, and then use the production environment.

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

  • Don't use your production environment unless it's necessary.
  • Get a one-month free trial of Azure AD if you don't already have an Azure AD trial environment.

Scenario description

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

  1. Adding SAP HANA from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of SAP HANA into Azure AD, add SAP HANA from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add SAP HANA from the gallery, take the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select the Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

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

    The Enterprise applications blade

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

    The new application button

  4. In the search box, type SAP HANA. Then select SAP HANA from the results panel. Finally, select the Add button to add the application.

    The new application

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

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

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know who the counterpart user in SAP HANA is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, you need to establish a link between an Azure AD user and the related user in SAP HANA.

In SAP HANA, give the Username value the same value of the user name in Azure AD. This step establishes the link between the two users.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with SAP HANA, 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 SAP HANA test user to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SAP HANA that is linked to the Azure AD representation of the 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 SAP HANA application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with SAP HANA, take the following steps:

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

    Configure single sign-on

  2. In the Single sign-on dialog box, under SAML-based Sign-on, select Mode.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. In the SAP HANA Domain and URLs section, take the following steps:

    Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier box, type the following: HA100

    b. In the Reply URL box, type a URL with the following pattern: https://<Customer-SAP-instance-url>/sap/hana/xs/saml/login.xscfunc


    These values aren't real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and reply URL. Contact the SAP HANA client support team to get these values.

  4. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, select Metadata XML. Then save the metadata file on your computer.

    The Certificate download link


    If the certificate isn't active, then make it active by selecting the Make new certificate active check box in Azure AD.

  5. The SAP HANA application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. The following screenshot shows an example of this format.

    Here we've mapped the User Identifier with the ExtractMailPrefix() function of user.mail. This gives the prefix value of the user's email, which is the unique user ID. This user ID is sent to the SAP HANA application in every successful response.

    Configure single sign-on

  6. In the User Attributes section of the Single sign-on dialog box, take the following steps:

    a. In the User Identifier drop-down list, select ExtractMailPrefix.

    b. In the Mail drop-down list, select user.mail.

  7. Select the Save button.

    Configure the single sign-on Save button

  8. To configure single sign-on on the SAP HANA side, sign in to your HANA XSA Web Console by going to the respective HTTPS endpoint.


    In the default configuration, the URL redirects the request to a sign-in screen, which requires the credentials of an authenticated SAP HANA database user. The user who signs in must have permissions to perform SAML administration tasks.

  9. In the XSA Web Interface, go to SAML Identity Provider. From there, select the + button on the bottom of the screen to display the Add Identity Provider Info pane. Then take the following steps:

    Add Identity Provider

    a. In the Add Identity Provider Info pane, paste the contents of the Metadata XML (which you downloaded from the Azure portal) into the Metadata box.

    Add Identity Provider settings

    b. If the contents of the XML document are valid, the parsing process extracts the information that's required for the Subject, Entity ID, and Issuer fields in the General data screen area. It also extracts the information that's necessary for the URL fields in the Destination screen area, for example, the Base URL and SingleSignOn URL (*) fields.

    Add Identity Provider settings

    c. In the Name box of the General Data screen area, enter a name for the new SAML SSO identity provider.


    The name of the SAML IDP is mandatory and must be unique. It appears in the list of available SAML IDPs that is displayed when you select SAML as the authentication method for SAP HANA XS applications to use. For example, you can do this in the Authentication screen area of the XS Artifact Administration tool.

  10. Select Save to save the details of the SAML identity provider and to add the new SAML IDP to the list of known SAML IDPs.

    Save button

  11. In HANA Studio, within the system properties of the Configuration tab, filter the settings by saml. Then adjust the assertion_timeout from 10 sec to 120 sec.

    assertion_timeout setting


You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal while you are setting up the app! After you add this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, select 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 in the 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 Azure AD user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select the Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups. Then select All users.

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

  3. To open the User dialog box, select Add at the top of the dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. On the User dialog box, take 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 BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password, and then write down the password.

    d. Select Create.

Create a SAP HANA test user

To enable Azure AD users to sign in to SAP HANA, you must provision them in SAP HANA. SAP HANA supports just-in-time provisioning, which is by enabled by default.

If you need to create a user manually, take the following steps:


You can change the external authentication that the user uses. They can authenticate with an external system such as Kerberos. For detailed information about external identities, contact your domain administrator.

  1. Open the SAP HANA Studio as an administrator, and then enable the DB-User for SAML SSO.

    Create user

  2. Select the invisible check box to the left of SAML, and then select the Configure link.

  3. Select Add to add the SAML IDP. Select the appropriate SAML IDP, and then select OK.

  4. Add the External Identity (in this case, BrittaSimon) or choose Any. Then select OK.


    If the Any check box is not selected, then the user name in HANA needs to exactly match the name of the user in the UPN before the domain suffix. (For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com becomes BrittaSimon in HANA.)

  5. For testing purposes, assign all XS roles to the user.

    Assigning roles


    You should give permissions that are appropriate for your use cases only.

  6. Save the user.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to SAP HANA, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view. Go to the directory view, and go to Enterprise applications. Select All applications.

    Assign user

  2. In the applications list, select SAP HANA.

    Assign user

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

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Select the Add button. In the Add Assignment dialog box, select Users and groups.

    The Add Assignment pane

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

  6. Click the Select button in the Users and groups dialog box.

  7. Select the Assign button in the Add Assignment dialog box.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration by using the access panel.

When you select the SAP HANA tile in the access panel, you should get automatically signed into your SAP HANA application. For more information about the access panel, see Introduction to the access panel.

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