Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SAP HANA

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

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to SAP HANA.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to SAP HANA (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 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:

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

Scenario description

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

  • SAP HANA supports IDP initiated SSO
  • SAP HANA supports just-in-time user provisioning

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

To add SAP HANA 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 SAP HANA, select SAP HANA from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    SAP HANA 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 SAP HANA 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 SAP HANA needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with SAP HANA, 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 SAP HANA 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 SAP HANA test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SAP HANA 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 SAP HANA, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SAP HANA 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 Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, perform the following steps:

    SAP HANA Domain and URLs single sign-on information

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

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


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact SAP HANA 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. SAP HANA application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on application integration page. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit button to open User Attributes dialog.


  6. In the User attributes section on the User Attributes & Claims dialog, perform the following steps:

    a. Click Edit icon to open the Manage user claims dialog.



    b. From the Transformation list, select ExtractMailPrefix().

    c. From the Parameter 1 list, select user.mail.

    d. Click Save.

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

    The Certificate download link

Configure SAP HANA Single Sign-On

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

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 SAP HANA.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, type and select SAP HANA.

    The SAP HANA 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 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.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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