Goal

After completing this setup guide, you will have setup GSuite AD with Just-In-Time Provisioning and your Atlassian product for the SAML SSO app. Additionally, you will test SSO and enable the SSO redirection.



Prerequisites

To use the SAML SSO app with GSuite, you need the following:

  • A GSuite subscription
  • A (trial) subscription for the SAML SSO app
  • Admin access to your Atlassian product
  • You mange your groups locally on your Atlassian product

Video Guide

Here you will find a detailed video guide soon.




Step-by-Step Setup Guide

Configure GSuite for the SAML SSO App

Go to http://admin.google.com and click on "Apps".



Afterwards, click on "SAML apps".




Next, click on the yellow plus symbol in the right downer corner.



In the next window, click on "SETUP MY OWN CUSTOM APP".



Next, click "DOWNLOAD" at "Option 2". Save the file to your computer and click "NEXT".



Give a "Application Name" and click on "NEXT". 



Next, for "ACS URL" and "Entity ID" enter "https://<base-url>/plugins/servlet/samlsso" (without quotes) and substitute "<baseURL>" with the URL to your Atlassian product.

For "Name ID", make sure that "Basic Information" and "Primary Email" are chosen and that "Name ID Format" is set to "UNSPECIFIED".

Click "NEXT" to continue.



Click on "ADD NEW MAPPING".



Enter "firstName" (without quotes) as the "application attribute"


For the "Category", choose "Basic Information".



For the "user Field", select "First Name".


Add "lastName" and "mail" accordingly. Click on "FINISH" to continue.


Click "OK" to continue.


After setting up the app, it is turned OFF. To activate it, click on "EDIT SERVICE".



Check "ON for everyone" and click "SAVE".





Configure Jira for the SAML SSO App

Install the SAML SSO App


In your Atlassian product, open the in-product marketplace as described in the Atlassian documentation.
Search for "resolution saml" and click "Install" for SAML Single Sign On (SSO) by resolution Reichert Network Solutions GmbH



After the installation is complete, click on Manage, then choose Configure

Now, you are on the Add-on / app configuration page and the first step of the setup wizard will appear.






Configure the SAML SSO App


After you clicked "Configure", the Wizard will be triggered. If not, or if you want to add another Identity Prover (IdP) to your existing configuration, click on "+ Add IdP". This guide assumes, that you there is no IdP configured.
The Wizard greets you with information, click on "Add new IdP" to proceed.




Choose "Google GSuite" for the "IdP Type".


Click "Next".


Click on "Select Metadata XML File".


Select the file you have downloaded before and click "Choose".


Click on "Import".


Click "Next" to continue.





If you configured your Atlassian product and your Identity Provider in a common way, you do not need to change anything here. In that case, just click "Next".







For the User Update Method, choose "Update from SAML-Attributes".


The window now expands. There are various options you can set. For this tutorial, new users should be created automatically when first accessing your Atlassian product instace, thus tick "Create New Users". 

You can also choose the directory for new users or to update non-SAML provisioned users, i.e. which are already present in your Atlassian product. By activating the option, they can also be updated via SAML attributes when they log in.

Further, the "Full Name Attribute" and "Email Attribute" must be set. Set the first to "{firstName} {lastName}" and the second to "mail" (both without quotation marks) as configured before.


Since GSuite does not support transmitting groups, click "Save & Next" to continue.





Testing SSO


The wizard also allows to test the Single Sign On. Just follow the steps to test if the login works as expected. 


Click on "Start test" to proceed.



Copy the red marked link and open a new incognito/private tab or a different web browser. Then, paste the link and navigate to it. 


You will be now redirected to GSuite's login page. Please log-in with you username and password. 



If everything worked fine, you will logged in into your Atlassian product. In the other tab/browser in which you were configuring the SAML SSO plugin, you can see also the "SUCCESS" status, if everything worked as expected. Click Next to proceed.






SSO Redirection


As a last step, you can set the Enable SSO Redirect option. If set, all users will be redirected to Single Sign On, thus they will be logged in via the IdP. Click on Save & Close to finish the configuration.