Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Deputy

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Deputy with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Deputy with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Deputy.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Deputy with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • Deputy single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Deputy supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
  • Deputy supports Just In Time user provisioning.

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Deputy in the search box.
  6. Select Deputy from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Alternatively, you can also use the Enterprise App Configuration Wizard. In this wizard, you can add an application to your tenant, add users/groups to the app, assign roles, as well as walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Deputy

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Deputy using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Deputy.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Deputy, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Deputy SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Deputy test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Deputy that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Deputy application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    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:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:


    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:

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

    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. Deputy application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes.


  7. In addition to above, Deputy application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response, which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    First name user.givenname
    Last name user.surname
  8. 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

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

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Deputy.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Deputy SSO

  1. Login to your Deputy account as an administrator.

  2. In the upper right corner, click on your account, select Business settings.

    Screenshot for Business settings

  3. Then under the General tab, click Single Sign-On settings.

    Screenshot for Single Sign-On settings

  4. On this Single Sign-On settings page, perform the below steps.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. Click Enable single sign-on.

    b. In the Identity provider login URL textbox, paste the Login URL which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. In the Identity provider issuer textbox, paste the Identifier(Entity ID) which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    d. Open the downloaded Certificate (Base64) from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the X.509 certificate textbox.

    e. Enable the Single sign-on login required, if you want to login with SSO.

    f. Enable the Just-in-time provisioning and in the First name and Last name fields, give the names of the attributes you have set up in User Attributes & Claims section, like First name and Last name.

    g. Click Apply changes.

Create Deputy test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Deputy. Deputy supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Deputy, a new one is created after authentication.

To add the user manually, 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 Single Person.

    Add People

  4. Perform the following steps in the General tab to add a user.

    New User

    a. In the First name and Last name textboxes, fill the fields like Britta and Simon.

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

    c. Click Save button.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to TeamzSkill Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to TeamzSkill Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the TeamzSkill for which you set up the SSO

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the TeamzSkill tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the TeamzSkill for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Deputy you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.