Single sign-on is an authentication method that allows users to sign in using one set of credentials to multiple independent software systems. Using SSO means a user doesn’t have to sign in to every application they use. With SSO, users can access all needed applications without being required to authenticate using different credentials.
Many applications already exist in Azure AD that you can use with SSO. You have several options for SSO depending on the needs of the application and how it is implemented. Take time to plan your SSO deployment before you create applications in Azure AD. The management of applications can be made easier by using the My Apps portal.
Single Sign-On Options
Choosing an SSO method depends on how the application is configured for authentication. Cloud applications can use federation-based options, such as OpenID Connect, OAuth, and SAML. The application can also use password-based SSO, linked-based SSO, or SSO can be disabled.
Options include Federation, Password, Linked, and Disabled
Plan SSO Deployment
How you implement SSO depends on where the application is hosted. Hosting matters because of the way network traffic is routed to access the application. Users don’t need to use the Internet to access on-premises applications (hosted on a local network). If the application is hosted in the cloud, users need the Internet to use it. Cloud hosted applications are also called Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.
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