How to Create and Describe an Application to Single Sign-On

A common administrative task that you might need to perform is adding an affiliate application into the Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) database. Adding an affiliate application to the Enterprise SSO database enables you to associate users and credentials with the affiliated application.


Creating an affiliated application requires membership in the "SSO Affiliate Administrator" account or above.

To create and describe an application in the SSO database

  1. Create a new ISSOAdmin object.

  2. Create a new application with a call to ISSOAdmin.CreateApplication.

  3. Add the relevant fields describing the application with a call to ISSOAdmin.CreateFieldInfo.

    During this step, you tell the database that an application has users and associated passwords.

  4. Push the newly created description out to the server with a call to ISSOAdmin.UpdateApplication or ISSOAdmin2.UpdateApplication2.

    The difference between the two methods is that UpdateApplication2 uses an IPropertyBag as the way to describe the application updates, while UpdateApplication has multiple parameters.

  5. Purge the local cache for the changes you made by calling ISSOAdmin.PurgeCacheForApplication.

    Purging the local cache is a security measure that prevents having the names and passwords that you describe in step 3 to exist in an unsecured location.

    The following example shows how to create an application and add field information.

public static bool AddApplication(string name, string admins, string users)  
          ISSOAdmin admin=new ISSOAdmin();  
          // Create application.  
          admin.CreateApplication(name, "SSO Sample Application", "", users, admins, SSOFlag.SSO_WINDOWS_TO_EXTERNAL | SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_ALLOW_TICKETS | SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_VALIDATE_TICKETS, 2);  
          // Add fields.  
          admin.CreateFieldInfo(name, "User Id", SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_NONE);  
          admin.CreateFieldInfo(name, "Password", SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_FIELD_INFO_MASK);  
          // Enable application.  
          admin.UpdateApplication(name, null, null, null, null, SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_ENABLED, SSOFlag.SSO_FLAG_ENABLED);  
          // Purge changes.  
          return false;  
       return true;  

See Also

Programming with Enterprise Single Sign-On