Integrate SharePoint with Azure AD

1. Introduction

This article will show the quick configuration tasks, that are required to make Azure AD a trusted identity provider for a SharePoint 2013 installation.

2. Assumptions

The following assumptions are made during this article:

3. Preparation

Before starting with the article the following needs to be in place:

  • Azure AD PowerShell tools installed, look here for more details.

4. Configuration

The configuration will be broken into the following sections:

  • Azure AD configuration
  • SharePoint configuration
  • Assigning Users

4.1 Azure AD Configuration

Follow these tasks to document the Azure AD WS-Federation metadata URL for later use:

  1. In the Azure Management Portal (Classic), Click Active Directory.
  2. Click on the Azure AD that will be integrated with SharePoint 2013
  3. Click Applications
  4. On the bottom bar, Click View Endpoints
  5. Document the Federation metadata document url for later use

Follow these tasks to create / configure the namespace in Azure AD :

  1. In the Azure Management Portal (Classic), Click Active Directory.
  2. Click Access Control Namespaces, and create a new namespace and called it “Company”
  3. Click Manage on the bottom bar. This should open
  4. Click Identity Providers, Click Add
  5. Click WS-Federation identity provider, click Next.
  6. In Displayname enter, “Company”
  7. In Login link Text enter, “Company”
  8. In WS-Federation metadata, choose URL and enter the URL that was documented in tasks above Example:
  9. Click Save
  10. Click Relying party applications, then click Add
  11. Enter the following in each field:
    1. Name: “Company SharePoint”
    2. Realm: “urn:sharepoint:company”
    3. Token format: SAML 1.1
    4. Token lifetime (secs) default is 600: Recommended value is 2 hours
  12. Click Save
  13. Click Rule Groups, and then Add
  14. Click Generate
  15. Click Add
  16. Fill in all the fields as illustrated below:
  17. The claim rules in Azure Access Control
  18. Click Save
  19. Delete the existing claim rule named upn
Extract the X.509 certificate from Azure Access Control for later use
  1. In the Access Control Service pane, under Development, click Application integration.
  2. In Endpoint Reference, locate the Federation.xml that is associated with your Azure tenant, and then copy the location in the address bar of a browser.
  3. In the Federation.xml file, locate the RoleDescriptor section, and copy the information from the <X509Certificate> element, as illustrated in the following figure.
  4. X509 Certificate element of Federation.xml file
  5. from the root of drive C:\, create folder named Certs
  6. Save the X509Certificate information using notepad to the folder C:\Certs and name the file ACS.cer
  7. Run the following PowerShell commands:
    1. “Connect-MsolService”
    2. “Import-Module MSOnlineExtended -Force”
    3. $replyUrl = New-MsolServicePrincipalAddresses -Address “;
    4. “New-MsolServicePrincipal -ServicePrincipalNames @(“;) -DisplayName “Company ACS Namespace” -Addresses $replyUrl”

4.2 SharePoint 2013 Configuration

Follow these steps to configure Azure AD as the identity provider for SharePoint 2013:

  1. From the Start menu, click All Programs.
  2. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products.
  3. Click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell
  4. Run the following PowerShell commands:
    1. $root = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2(“C:\Certs\ACS.cer”)
    2. New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name “Token Signing Cert Parent” -Certificate $root
    3. $cert = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2(“C:\Certs\ACS.cer”)
    4. New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name “Token Signing Cert” -Certificate $cert
    5. $map1 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType “; -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName “UPN” -SameAsIncoming
    6. $map2 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType “; -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName “GivenName” -SameAsIncoming
    7. $map3 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType “; -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName “SurName” -SameAsIncoming
    8. $map4 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType “; -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName “Role” -SameAsIncoming
    9. $realm = “urn:sharepoint:company”
    10. $signInURL = “;
    11. $ap = New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer -Name “ACS Provider” -Description “SharePoint secured by SAML in ACS” -realm $realm -ImportTrustCertificate $cert -ClaimsMappings $map1,$map2,$map3,$map4 -SignInUrl $signInURL -IdentifierClaim “;
  5. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

    In Central Administration, on the home page, click Application Management.

  6. On the Application Management page, in the Web Applications section, click Manage web applications.
  7. Click the appropriate web application.
  8. From the ribbon, click Authentication Providers.
  9. Under Zone, click the name of the zone. For example, Default.
  10. On the Edit Authentication page, in the Claims Authentication Types section, select Trusted Identity provider, and then click the name of your provider, which for purposes of this article is ACS Provider. Click OK.
  11. The following figure illustrates the Trusted Provider setting.
The Trusted Provider setting in a web app

4.3 Assigning Users

Use the following steps to set the permissions to access the web application.

  1. In Central Administration, on the home page, click Application Management.
  2. On the Application Management page, in the Web Applications section, click Manage web applications.
  3. Click the appropriate web application, and then click User Policy.
  4. In Policy for Web Application, click Add Users.
  5. In the Add Users dialog box, click the appropriate zone in Zones, and then click Next.
  6. In the Add Users dialog box, type (ACS Provider).
  7. In Permissions, click Full Control.
  8. Click Finish, and then click OK.


Azure AD is the trusted identity provider for SharePoint 2013, and Azure AD users will be able to authenticate and use SharePoint 2013 resources.

External Links

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