Tutorial: Configure SAP Cloud Identity Services for automatic user provisioning

This tutorial aims to demonstrate the steps for configuring Microsoft Entra ID and SAP Cloud Identity Services. The goal is to set up Microsoft Entra ID to automatically provision and deprovision users to SAP Cloud Identity Services.

Note

This tutorial describes a connector built on top of the Microsoft Entra user Provisioning Service. For important details on what this service does, how it works, and frequently asked questions, see Automate user provisioning and deprovisioning to SaaS applications with Microsoft Entra ID.

Prerequisites

The scenario outlined in this tutorial assumes that you already have the following prerequisites:

Note

This integration is also available to use from Microsoft Entra US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Microsoft Entra US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Assigning users to SAP Cloud Identity Services

Microsoft Entra ID uses a concept called assignments to determine which users should receive access to selected apps. In the context of automatic user provisioning, only the users that have been assigned to an application in Microsoft Entra ID are synchronized.

Before configuring and enabling automatic user provisioning, you should decide which users in Microsoft Entra ID need access to SAP Cloud Identity Services. Once decided, you can assign these users to SAP Cloud Identity Services by following the instructions here:

Important tips for assigning users to SAP Cloud Identity Services

  • It's recommended that a single Microsoft Entra user is assigned to SAP Cloud Identity Services to test the automatic user provisioning configuration. More users may be assigned later.

  • When assigning a user to SAP Cloud Identity Services, you must select any valid application-specific role (if available) in the assignment dialog. Users with the Default Access role are excluded from provisioning.

Set up SAP Cloud Identity Services for provisioning

  1. Sign in to your SAP Cloud Identity Services Admin Console. Navigate to Users & Authorizations > Administrators.

    Screenshot of the SAP Cloud Identity Services Admin Console.

  2. Press the +Add button on the left hand panel in order to add a new administrator to the list. Choose Add System and enter the name of the system.

    Note

    The administrator user in SAP Cloud Identity Services must be of type System. Creating a normal administrator user can lead to unauthorized errors while provisioning.

  3. Under Configure Authorizations, switch on the toggle button against Manage Users.

    Screenshot of the SAP Cloud Identity Services Add SCIM.

  4. You'll get an email to activate your account and set up a password for the SAP Cloud Identity Services Service.

  5. Copy the User ID and Password. These values are entered in the Admin Username and Admin Password fields respectively. This is done in the Provisioning tab of your SAP Cloud Identity Services application.

Before configuring SAP Cloud Identity Services for automatic user provisioning with Microsoft Entra ID, you need to add SAP Cloud Identity Services from the Microsoft Entra application gallery to your list of managed SaaS applications.

To add SAP Cloud Identity Services from the Microsoft Entra application gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Cloud Application Administrator.
  2. Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications > New application.
  3. In the Add from the gallery section, type SAP Cloud Identity Services in the search box.
  4. Select SAP Cloud Identity Services from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configuring automatic user provisioning to SAP Cloud Identity Services

This section guides you through the steps to configure the Microsoft Entra provisioning service to create, update, and disable users in SAP Cloud Identity Services based on users assignments in Microsoft Entra ID.

Tip

You may also choose to enable SAML-based single sign-on for SAP Cloud Identity Services, following the instructions provided in the SAP Cloud Identity Services Single sign-on tutorial. Single sign-on can be configured independently of automatic user provisioning, though these two features complement each other

To configure automatic user provisioning for SAP Cloud Identity Services in Microsoft Entra ID:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Cloud Application Administrator.

  2. Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications

    Screenshot of Enterprise applications blade.

  3. In the applications list, select SAP Cloud Identity Services.

    Screenshot of the SAP Cloud Identity Services link in the Applications list.

  4. Select the Provisioning tab.

    Screenshot of the Manage options with the Provisioning option called out.

  5. Set the Provisioning Mode to Automatic.

    Screenshot of the Provisioning Mode dropdown list with the Automatic option called out.

  6. Under the Admin Credentials section, input https://<tenantID>.accounts.ondemand.com/service/scim in Tenant URL. Input the User ID and Password values retrieved earlier in Admin Username and Admin Password respectively. Click Test Connection to ensure Microsoft Entra ID can connect to SAP Cloud Identity Services. If the connection fails, ensure your SAP Cloud Identity Services account has Admin permissions and try again.

    Screenshot of the Tenant URL and Token.

  7. In the Notification Email field, enter the email address of a person or group who should receive the provisioning error notifications and check the checkbox - Send an email notification when a failure occurs.

    Screenshot of the Notification Email.

  8. Click Save.

  9. Under the Mappings section, select Synchronize Microsoft Entra users to SAP Cloud Identity Services.

    Screenshot of the SAP Cloud Identity Services User Mappings.

  10. Review the user attributes that are synchronized from Microsoft Entra ID to SAP Cloud Identity Services in the Attribute Mapping section. The attributes selected as Matching properties are used to match the user accounts in SAP Cloud Identity Services for update operations. Select the Save button to commit any changes.

    Attribute Type Supported for filtering Required by SAP Cloud Identity Services
    userName String
    emails[type eq "work"].value String
    active Boolean
    displayName String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:manager Reference
    addresses[type eq "work"].country String
    addresses[type eq "work"].locality String
    addresses[type eq "work"].postalCode String
    addresses[type eq "work"].region String
    addresses[type eq "work"].streetAddress String
    name.givenName String
    name.familyName String
    name.honorificPrefix String
    phoneNumbers[type eq "fax"].value String
    phoneNumbers[type eq "mobile"].value String
    phoneNumbers[type eq "work"].value String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:costCenter String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:department String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:division String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:employeeNumber String
    urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:organization String
    locale String
    timezone String
    userType String
    company String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute1 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute2 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute3 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute4 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute5 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute6 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute7 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute8 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute9 String
    urn:sap:cloud:scim:schemas:extension:custom:2.0:User:attributes:customAttribute10 String
    sendMail String
    mailVerified String
  11. To configure scoping filters, refer to the following instructions provided in the Scoping filter tutorial.

  12. To enable the Microsoft Entra provisioning service for SAP Cloud Identity Services, change the Provisioning Status to On in the Settings section.

    Screenshot of Provisioning Status Toggled On.

  13. Define the users that you would like to provision to SAP Cloud Identity Services by choosing the desired values in Scope in the Settings section.

    Screenshot of Provisioning Scope.

  14. When you're ready to provision, click Save.

    Screenshot of Saving Provisioning Configuration.

This operation starts the initial synchronization of all users defined in Scope in the Settings section. The initial sync takes longer to perform than subsequent syncs, which occur approximately every 40 minutes as long as the Microsoft Entra provisioning service is running. You can use the Synchronization Details section to monitor progress and follow links to provisioning activity report, which describes all actions performed by the Microsoft Entra provisioning service on SAP Cloud Identity Services.

For more information on how to read the Microsoft Entra provisioning logs, see Reporting on automatic user account provisioning.

Connector limitations

  • SAP Cloud Identity Services's SCIM endpoint requires certain attributes to be of specific format. You can know more about these attributes and their specific format here.

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