Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with DigiCert

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to DigiCert.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to DigiCert 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.
  • DigiCert single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • DigiCert supports IDP initiated SSO.


Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of DigiCert into Azure AD, you need to add DigiCert 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 DigiCert in the search box.
  6. Select DigiCert 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 DigiCert

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with DigiCert 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 DigiCert.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with DigiCert, 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 DigiCert SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create DigiCert test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in DigiCert 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 DigiCert 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, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type the URL: https://www.digicert.com/account/sso/metadata

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type the URL: https://www.digicert.com/account/sso/

    c. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://www.digicert.com/account/sso/<FEDERATION_NAME>/login


    The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact DigiCert support team to get the value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. DigiCert 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.

    Screenshot that shows the "User Attributes" section with the "Edit" button selected.

  6. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, edit the claims by using Edit icon or add the claims by using Add new claim to configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:

    Name Source Attribute
    nameidentifier user.userprincipalname
    company < companycode >
    digicertrole CanAccessCertCentral


    The value of company attribute is not real. Update this value with actual company code. To get the value of company attribute contact DigiCert support team.

    a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.

    Screenshot that shows the "User claims" section with the "Add new claim" and "Save" buttons highlighted.


    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. Leave the Namespace blank.

    d. Select Source as Attribute.

    e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    f. Click Ok

    g. 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

  8. On the Set up DigiCert 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 DigiCert.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select DigiCert.
  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 DigiCert SSO

To configure single sign-on on DigiCert side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to DigiCert support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create DigiCert test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in DigiCert. Work with DigiCert support team to add the users in the DigiCert platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test SSO

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

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

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the DigiCert tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the DigiCert 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 DigiCert 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.