Tag Archives: SAML

FAQ: How do we set up Single Sign-on for ArcGIS Online for our School

We are often asked for assistance on how to configure Single Sign-on for ArcGIS Online by Education institutions. 

The Esri Education Team has put together a great resource in the form of A Story Map Collection that steps us through this process.    

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Working with Portal for ArcGIS authentication: Enterprise groups, the Portal Administrator Directory, and SAML

A brief background

When managing authentication with your chosen identity store in Portal for ArcGIS, authentication can be configured at the Portal tier, the Web tier, or the External tier. The primary differences from a user experience perspective being Portal tier requires credentials to be provided to sign in and it does not support a Single Sign On (SSO) experience. Web tier can be configured to utilise the ArcGIS Web Adaptor, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) for a SSO user experience.

If using an enterprise identity store with Portal tier authentication, by its nature it requires a closer integration with your Microsoft Active Directory (AD) or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) compatible identity store.

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Does Portal inherit AD configured membership groups and will users be added to these groups upon login to Portal with their Enterprise Login?

Portal for ArcGIS may be configured for Enterprise logins (eg SAML/Active Directory).   An organisation may require their Portal content to be managed based on Active Directory Group membership.  The below answers the question “Does Portal automatically create groups to match Active Directory Groups and will users automatically be added to these groups when first logging in to Portal using their Enterprise Logins?”

The answer is yes, we simply need to configure portal groups and bind them to  the active directory group using the below steps.

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Obtaining various logs for your Enterprise GIS

Whenever a user runs into some sort of problem with the GIS system, one of the first things to look at would be the relevant logs. These give a more detailed insight into what is happening and where potential problems were encountered. This post will explain exactly how to obtain every type of log in the ArcGIS Enterprise stack.

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