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Integrating Salesforce SSO with Axis LMS

If you use Salesforce as your SAML identity provider (IdP), you can use the information in this document to set up SAML authentication for your Axis LMS.

These steps assume that you have permissions for modifying your organization’s Salesforce portal and have already setup Salesforce as an IdP.
    Note: These steps reflect a third-party application and are subject to change without our knowledge. However, even if the steps described here do not fully match the screens you see in your IdP account, using these steps along with the IdP’s documentation should still enable you to configure the integration.
Step One: Begin Adding The Integration In Axis LMS

  1. While signed in to Axis LMS as an administrator, go to System > Integration > Single Sign-On (SSO) > SAML Sign-In
  2. Click the + Add An Integration button.
  3. Select Salesforce from the list of SAML Identity provider.
  4. Keep this screen/tab open for now as we will refer to it later.

    Figure 1: Add A New Integration Screen in Axis LMS

Step Two: Adding Axis LMS To Your Salesforce Applications
  1. In a new tab/window, access Salesforce.
  2. Go to Setup > Apps > App Manager > New Connected App.
  3. Edit the Connected App Name, entering Axis LMS.
  4. Edit the API Name, entering Axis_LMS.
  5. Enter your Contact Email.
  6. Keep this screen/tab open for now as we will refer to it later.
    Figure 2: Salesforce > New Connected App

Step Three: Add Service Provider Details To Salesforce

In this step, we’ll define the service provider values that Salesforce will need to identify your app.

  1. On the Add A New Integration screen in Axis LMS, go to the Service Provider Details section.
  2. In Salesforce scroll down to the Web App Settings section a check the box for Enabled SAML.
  3. Copy values from Axis LMS into Salesforce fields as shown below.
  4. Set Subject Type to User ID.
  5. Set Name IDFormat to urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress.
  6. Leave all other settings in the Web App Settings section as-is.
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click the Save button.

    Copy Axis LMS Field Value to Salesforce Field
    Entity ID to Entity ID / Issuer URL
    Assertion Consumer Service / SSO Service to ACS URL

Step Four: Add Identity Provider Details To Axis LMS

In this step, you'll provide Axis LMS with the SAML Identity provider values it needs to communicate with Salesforce.
  1. In Salesforce, on the app info screen, click the Manage button.
  2. Scroll down to the SAML Login Information section.
  3. Copy values from the SAML Login Information section and paste them into the Identity Provider Details section of Axis LMS, as shown below.

    Copy Salesforce Field Value to Axis LMS Field Value
    Issuer to Entity ID / Issuer URL
    IdP-Initiated Login URL to SAML 2.0 Endpoint / SSO URL
    Download Metadata > (Open in Text Editor > X.509 Certificate to X.509 Certificate

    After copying values into the Identity Provider Details section of Axis LMS, it should look something like this:

    Figure 3: Axis LMS Identity Provider Details

Step Five: Defining User Attributes

In this step, we’ll define the information about the user (id, email address, first name, last name) that need to be passed to Axis LMS.

  1. In Salesforce, scroll down to the Custom Attributes section.
  2. Click the New button in the upper right corner of the attribute listing.
  3. Under Attribute Key enter "uuid" (without quotations).
  4. In the Attribute Value text input, enter "$User.Id" (without quotations), then click Save.
  5. Repeat this sequence three more times, using the fields/values below.
    Field to Value
    emailAddress to $User.Email
    firstName to $User.FirstName
    lastName to $User.LastName

Note: Even though Salesforce may provide additional user data that can be passed as parameters, only the paramters listed above are compatible with Axis LMS; all other values will be ignored.

Step Six: Finishing Up & Testing

At this point you've completed all the necessary steps to configure the Axis LMS application in Salesforce.

In Axis LMS, on the Add A New Integration screen, finish configuring the User Login settings and then click Save to save the integration in Axis LMS.

To test your new integration, you'll need to give users access to your new application in Salesforce before using the newly generated Axis LMS login link for this integration. For more information on granting users access to your application via Salesforce, please refer to the IdP's documentation.
The features discussed in this article may or may not be available on your LMS system.
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