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Revision as of 12:47, 3 April 2020

Configuring ADFS Support for Sentry


This article describes how to configure an ADFS server to use Sentry to replace the standard Active Directory authentication. This allows a suitably configured environment to support Swivel authentication for Office 365, for example.


ADFS integration requires version 4.x of Sentry.

Configuration Procedure

In Swivel Core

ADFS requires the username to be in the format domain\username. To do this, you need to create a Swivel attribute that includes the prefix.

In the Swivel admin console, under the repository details for the relevant AD repository, set the domain qualifier to be the short-form domain name, followed by "\" - don't forget the backslash at the end.


Under Repository -> Attributes, create an attribute - for example, call it "windowsaccountname". In the definition for the AD repository, put the AD attribute name "sAMAccountName", and under domain qualifier, select "As Prefix".


Finally, synchronise the AD repository, to ensure that all users have an attribute in the form domain\username.

In Swivel Sentry

Edit settings.properties

NOTE: this step is not usually necessary when using version 4.0.3 or later: the correct settings are chosen automatically for ADFS, and can be overridden in the configuration anyway. This assumes that you have added a domain prefix to the repository, and have created an attribute that uses it.

This file is located under /home/swivel/.swivel/sentry on an appliance. Check the following entries:

  • certificateIssuer – this must be in the form of a valid URI. It is recommended that you use the public URL of Sentry, but it doesn’t have to be a real web location.
  • windowsaccountnamefield=username. This configures the Swivel attribute field to be used to import the username for ADFS. If you have configured a prefixed attribute above, use the name of that attribute. Otherwise, use an attribute mapped to sAMAccountName without a prefix, and set the prefix below. This latter option is the only possibility for Swivel version 3.10.5 or earlier.
  • windowsdomainprefix=domain. This configures the domain name to be prefixed to the ADFS username. If the attribute above already has a prefix, this should be blank. If not, make sure the “\” is included. Do not set a prefix if your attribute is already prefixed.

Application settings

In the Sentry admin console, create a new application with the following settings:

  • Service Provider = ADFS
  • Endpoint URL = https://<ADFS_HOST>/adfs/ls/
  • Entity ID = http://<ADFS_HOST>/adfs/services/trust

Replace <ADFS_HOST> with the public host name of your ADFS server / proxy. Other than that, the format should not be changed: Endpoint URL should have a / on the end, Entity ID should not. Also, note that Entity ID starts with "http", NOT "https".



Ensure that you generate a certificate for Sentry that is current.

In ADFS Management

Claims Provider Trust

Create a new Claims provider trust.

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider1.PNG

If you can import the metadata directly from the Sentry URL: that is simplest, but it may not work, due to SSL handshaking issues. In which case, download the metadata to a file

Sentry ADFS Metadata.png

and import the settings from that file.

Once you have created the new trust, you will be given the opportunity to add claim rules:

Claim Rules:

Create two rules using the template “Pass Through or Filter an Incoming Claim”, as follows:

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider2.png

  • Incoming claim type = Name ID: it is recommended that you specify the format as Email, and only pass through claims matching your domain suffix.


  • Incoming claim type = Windows Account Name. There is no need to specify any other restrictions on this claim rule.



You will need to edit the properties of this trust:

  • Under Advanced, Secure hash algorithm must match the signing algorithm for the Sentry certificate. Version 4 supports SHA-256, but if you have an older version of Sentry SSO, you must select SHA-1.

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Advanced.png

  • Under Endpoints, there should be two endpoints configured.

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Endpoints.png

If not, create them as follows. If they have been created, check that they match the following. Both are SAML endpoints:

  • Endpoint Type = SAML Single Sign-On, Binding = redirect, Trusted URL = https://<sentry_URL>/sentry/saml20endpoint

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Endpoint1.png

  • Endpoint Type = SAML Logout, Binding = redirect, Trusted URL = https://<sentry_URL>/sentry/singlelogout, Response URL = https://<sentry_URL>/sentry/singlelogout

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Endpoint2.png

  • Under Certificates,

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Certs.png

view the imported certificate,

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Cert View.png

then click on Install Certificate.

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Cert Install1.png

Select Local Machine on the next page,

Sentry ADFS ClaimsProvider Cert Install2.png

and on the following page, Place all certificates in the following store. Browse and select Trusted Root Certification Authorities.

Disable Active Directory authentication

As ADFS is currently configured, you will now have a choice of Active Directory or Swivel authentication. To disable Active Directory authentication:

  • Edit C:\Windows\ADFS\Microsoft.IdentityServer.Servicehost.exe.config.

Note that you must open your text editor (for example Notepad) as administrator, or you will not be able to save the changes.

Sentry ADFS ServiceConfig.png

  • Search for “<localAuthenticationTypes” and set enabled to “false”.
  • Restart ADFS.