Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with HR2day by Merces

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate HR2day by Merces with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate HR2day by Merces with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to HR2day by Merces.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to HR2day by Merces with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.


To configure Azure AD integration with HR2day by Merces, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
  • HR2day by Merces single sign-on enabled subscription.
  • Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.

Scenario description

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

  • HR2day by Merces supports SP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of HR2day by Merces into Azure AD, you need to add HR2day by Merces 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 HR2day by Merces in the search box.
  6. Select HR2day by Merces 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 HR2day by Merces

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with HR2day by Merces 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 HR2day by Merces.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with HR2day by Merces, 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 HR2day by Merces SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create HR2day by Merces test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in HR2day by Merces 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 HR2day by Merces 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.

    Screenshot shows to edit Basic S A M L Configuration.

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://hr2day.force.com/<companyname>

    b. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<tenantname>.force.com/<instancename>


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Sign on URL. Contact HR2day by Merces 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. Your HR2day by Merces 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. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.

    Screenshot shows User Attributes with the Edit icon selected.


    Before you can configure the SAML assertion, you must contact the HR2day by Merces Client support team and request the value of the unique identifier attribute for your tenant. You need this value to complete the steps in the next section.

  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
    ATTR_LOGINCLAIM join([mail],"102938475Z","@"

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

    Screenshot shows User claims with the option to Add new claim.

    Screenshot shows the Manage user claims dialog box where you can enter the values described.

    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 Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

  8. On the Set up HR2day by Merces section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Screenshot shows to copy configuration appropriate U R L.

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 HR2day by Merces.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select HR2day by Merces.
  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 HR2day by Merces SSO

To configure single sign-on on HR2day by Merces side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to HR2day by Merces support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.


Mention to the Merces team that this integration needs the Entity ID to be set with the pattern https://hr2day.force.com/INSTANCENAME.

Create HR2day by Merces test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in HR2day by Merces. Work with HR2day by Merces support team to add the users in the HR2day by Merces platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.


If you need to create a user manually, contact the HR2day by Merces client support team.

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. This will redirect to HR2day by Merces Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to HR2day by Merces Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the HR2day by Merces tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to HR2day by Merces Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure HR2day by Merces 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 Cloud App Security.