Learn how to associate your OVHcloud account with an external Azure AD.
You can use Single Sign-On (SSO) to connect to your OVHcloud account. To enable these connections, your account and your Azure AD have to be configured using SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) authentications.
- belong to the Application Administrator and User Administrator roles of an Azure AD service
- an OVHcloud account
- access to the OVHcloud Control Panel
Azure AD Users and Groups
Your Azure AD acts as your identity provider. Authentication requests by your OVHcloud account will only be accepted if it is declared as a trusted party first.
Let's focus for a moment on the identities on the identity provider side.
Azure AD Users
To start, go to your Azure AD dashboard.
Then click on
Users from the left-hand menu.
Create as many users as you need, or you can just check your users by clicking on them.
For this example, the user John Smith will be used.
When an SSO authentication is performed, John Smith's identity will be provided by Azure AD to the OVHcloud account. However, it is necessary that this identity contains at least one group. If no group exists, let's look at how to create one to add John Smith to it.
Azure AD Groups
Groups from the left-hand menu.
New group in the top menu, and fill in all the necessary information.
For this example, the group manager@ovhcloudsaml will be used.
Click on the
Create button to display all information about this group.
Now, users who will be used for SSO authentication must be added to a group.
In this example, let's link the user John Smith with the group manager@ovhcloudsaml.
In the selected group interface, click on
Members from the left-hand menu, then click
Add members in the top menu.
Select the user to be added to this group, then click on the
Now we have a user assigned to a group.
In order to perform SSO authentications, an Azure AD application must be created.
SSO must be configured on this application.
Azure AD applications
First of all, it is necessary to create an application if one does not yet exist.
Create an Azure AD application
Enterprise applications from the left-hand menu.
New application in the top menu.
Create your own application in the top menu.
Integrate any other application you don't find in the gallery (Non-gallery) option, and click on the
The details of the application will then be displayed.
The Azure AD application is now created. Users who want to perform SSO authentications via this application must now be added to it.
Azure AD application - User assignment
However, it is better to add a user group instead of users if you have Azure AD Premium.
Users and groups from the left-hand menu, then click
Add user/group in the top menu.
Click then on the
Users section, select the user to add to the application, and click on the
The application is created, a user has been assigned, and all that remains is to set up the SSO via SAML.
Assign to add the user assignment.
Azure AD application SSO
Get back to the overview via the
Overview button from the left-hand menu, then click on the
Set up single sign on section.
Click on the
Upload metadata file in the top menu.
Click on the
Select a file icon button, select the OVHcloud Service Provider metadata file, and click on the
You can obtain the US region metadata file via the following link: https://us.ovhcloud.com/auth/sso/saml/sp/metadata.xml
The SAML configuration will be displayed. The Entity ID and URL are:
Save and close the window.
In the Attributes & Claims section, click on the
Add a group claim in the top menu.
Group ID from the Source attribute, and click on the
The groups claim should now appear in the list.
Copy and save the Claim name value somewhere (i.e a notepad), it will be necessary later.
In the SAML Certificates section, copy the
App Federation Metadata Url field value.
Use this link to download the Azure AD application metadata file in order to use it later in the OVHcloud account.
Establishing OVHcloud account trust and configuring the connection
Adding your Azure AD application as a trusted identity provider is done in the OVHcloud Control Panel where you can provide the identity provider metadata.
Establish OVHcloud trust
Log in and click on your profile in the top-right corner.
Click on your name to access your profile management page.
User management tab.
Click on the
SSO connection button.
Fill in the Group attribute name field with the Azure AD application groups Claim name value saved before.
Fill in the XML metadata of your Azure AD application from the file saved before.
Click on the
The trust of your Azure AD application as identity provider is thus established but you still have to add groups to your OVHcloud account.
Not in valid groupserror message.
That is because your OVHcloud account checks if the authenticating user belongs to a group that actually exists on the account.
To resolve this, check the "Group" attribute that your Azure AD application returns: the Object Id field.
OVHcloud groups declaration
Add it by clicking on the
Declare a group.
Fill in the fields, then click on the
The created group should appear on the list.
Connect via SSO
On the OVHcloud login page, enter your NIC handle followed by /idp without entering a password, and click the
You are then redirected to your Azure AD application login page. Select
Use another account.
Enter the Azure AD application user email and click on the
Enter the Azure AD application user password and click on the
Sign In button.
You are now logged in with the same NIC handle, but via your Active Directory user and using your Azure AD application SSO.