Goal

    Configure SAML Single Sign-On to work with Okta and manual provisioning. 

    Prerequisites

    • Okta Directory
    • Your Atlassian application must be accessible via HTTPS. (read more about it in the Atlassian documentation, i.e. for Jira or Confluence)

    Video Guide

    The video below is an installation guide for setting up our SAML SSO app with Okta (watch on YouTube).

    Step-by-Step Setup Guide

    Find below a detailed guide on how to complete the setup of the SAML Single Sign On app with Okta and manual user provisioning,
    meaning that users from Okta have to exist in your Atlassian application already.

    If you need any further support, please feel free to contact us here. 

    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 SAML SSO app

    Should you not have clicked on Configure immediately after the installation of the SAML SSO app:

    To start the wizard and to configure Okta as your new identity provider, navigate to the administration console for
    Jira or Confluence. 

    Confluence: search for USERS & SECURITY under which you'll find SAML Single Sign On
    Jira: navigate to the User management tab in which you'll find SAML Single Sign On

    Click on it and the wizard start page will show.

    Add new Identity Provider (IdP)

    Click on Add new IdP to start the wizard.

    Adding a new IdP can also be done outside the wizard in the app configuration section Identity Providers

    Select Okta as IdP Type.
    You may also change the name and add a description. The name needs to be unique.
    Click on Next.

    Retrieve SAML Metadata for Okta

    Copy the Single sign-on URL from the screen, you'll need it in your Okta configuration web console. Click on Next.

    Configure Okta

    Now it's time to head over to Okta. Make sure you're logged in as Admin. Choose Applications from the menu bar:

    Click on Add Application

    Click on Create New App

    Select Web as platform and choose SAML 2.0 as Sign on method in the Create a New Application Integration screen.
    Click Create.

    Provide a meaningful App name an click next

    Paste the Single Sign-On URL to both the Single sign on URL and the Audience URI (SP Entity ID) field
    and click Next.

    Step 3 is just providing feedback to Okta. Choose your option and click Finish

    You'll be redirected to the Sign on tab from which you can copy the Identity Provider metadata by right clicking the
    link of the same name.

    You also need to define which users and/ or groups should be allowed to sign in via SAML SSO in Okta via the app you've created.
    Switch to the Groups tab and add one ore more groups the users who should sign in with SSO are members of.

    The simplest example, like below, would be to allow the group Everyone access to the app.
    You could also assign individual people via the People tab to your app.

    Import SAML IdP Metadata

    It's time to resume configuration on the SAML SSO side. Take the Okta metadata link you've just copied and paste it
    into the Metadata URL field in the corresponding field of the Import SAML IdP Metadata wizard screen still open.

    User ID attribute and transformation

    It's recommended to leave this option checked.

    Click on Next.

    User creation and update

    Unless you want to assign groups to users after authentication or planning to use just-in-time provisioning, you should
    leave this option unchecked. This can be configured later anytime and is also subject of the Okta with Just-In-Time Provisioning tutorial

    Click Save & Next to proceed.

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    Test configuration of SAML SSO app

    The last step when adding the Okta IdP is a test which can be executed by clicking on the corresponding Start test button.

    Copy the link displayed and paste it into a new incognito/ private browsing window, and execute a login with your Identity Provider.

    Please remember that ...

    • the user you are testing with needs to be assigned to the SSO app you've just created in Okta
      or taken care of by an App Sign On Rule as part of the Sign On Policy described further above
    • the user also needs to exist in your Atlassian application already, since we are not using just in-time provisioning here
      (part of the Okta with Just-In-Time Provisioning tutorial)

    The status of the authentication process is permanently updated in the window.

    If there is any error at this point you need help with, please refer to the troubleshooting guide, which will also help us, should you open a support ticket with us.
    Of course the test window above will display a lot of information about the errors already, but requires some deeper knowledge of the SAML protocol.

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    Enable login redirection

    The last step of adding Okta as your new IdP is to configure redirect options. 
    Selecting Enable SSO Redirect will ensure that users are getting redirected to be logged in via SAML,
    instead via the login form as before the SSO setup.

    The Override Logged Out URL Method can be left at the default option.
    It will redirect users after log out to a default page where they can login again via username and password or SSO again.

    Save & Close to complete the setup and close the wizard. You are now ready to use Okta with SAML SSO in your Atlassian application.

    If Enable SSO Redirect is enabled, you can login to your Atlassian application manually by browsing to the URL that fits your Atlassian application as listed below.
    Use this URL, if you need to login a local user unknown to the Okta or if there are any issues with Single Sign On.

    • Jira: https://<baseurl>/login.jsp?nosso
    • Confluence: https://<baseurl>/login.action?nosso
    • Bitbucket: https://<baseurl>/login?nosso
    • Bamboo 5: https://<baseurl>/userlogin!default.action?nosso
    • Bamboo 6: https://<baseurl>/userlogin!doDefault.action?nosso

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