This documentation assumes that you already have a SAML Identity Provider up and running.
Configuring SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) for your Datadog account lets you and all your teammates log in to Datadog using the credentials stored in your organization’s Active Directory, LDAP, or other identity store that has been configured with a SAML Identity Provider.
Note: Created users must accept email verification in order for SAML to work.
That brings you to the SAML Single Sign On Configuration page:
Upload the IdP Metadata from your SAML Identity provider by clicking the Choose File button.
After you’ve chosen the file, click “Upload File”.
Download Datadog’s Service Provider metadata to configure your IdP to recognize Datadog as a Service Provider.
After you upload the IdP Meta-data and configure your IdP, enable SAML in Datadog by clicking the Enable button.
Once SAML is configured in Datadog and your IdP is set up to accept requests from Datadog, users can log in by using the Single Sign On URL that is shown in the Status box at the top of the SAML Configuration page.
The Single Sign On URL is also displayed on the Team page. Loading this URL initiates a SAML authentication against your IdP. Note that the URL isn’t displayed until SAML is enabled for your account.
urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddressfor the Format of the NameIDPolicy in Assertion Requests.
Attributes may be included with the Assertion. Datadog looks for 3 Attributes in the AttributeStatement:
Datadog expects that Attributes use the URI NameFormat
urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri or the Basic NameFormat
urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:basic. The name used for each attribute depends on the NameFormat that your IdP uses.
If your IdP is configured to use the URI NameFormat
urn:oid:126.96.36.199.4.1.59188.8.131.52.6as the Name of the Attribute
urn:oid:184.108.40.206as the Name of the Attribute
urn:oid:220.127.116.11as the Name of the Attribute
If your IdP is configured to use the Basic NameFormat
urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:eduPersonPrincipalNameas the Name of the Attribute
urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:snas the Name of the Attribute
urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:givenNameas the Name of the Attribute
If eduPersonPrincipalName exists in the AttributeStatement, the value of this attribute is used for the username. If eduPersonPrincipalName is not included in the AttributeStatement, the username is taken from the NameID in the Subject. The NameID must use the Format
If sn and givenName are provided, they are used to update the user’s name in their Datadog profile.
For more information about configuring specific IdP’s, refer to the following Knowledge Base articles:
The following features can be enabled through the SAML Configuration dialog.
With Just-in-Time provisioning, a user is created within Datadog on the fly the first time they try to log in. This eliminates the need for administrators to manually create user accounts one at a time.
Some organizations might not want to invite all of their users to Datadog. If you would like to make changes to how SAML works for your account, contact support. It is up to the organization to configure their IdP to not send assertions to Datadog if they don’t want a particular user to access Datadog.
Administrators in accounts using SAML can also set the default role for new Just-in-Time users. The default role is currently Standard, but you can choose to add new JIT users as Read-Only or even Administrators.
When the Datadog url is loaded, the browser is redirected to the customer IdP where the user enters their credentials, then the IdP redirects back to Datadog. Some IdPs have the ability to send an assertion directly to Datadog without first getting an AuthnRequest (IdP Initiated Login).
After enabling the IdP Initiated Login feature (and waiting for caches to clear), you will need to get a new version of the SP Metadata. Your new SP Metadata will contain a different, organization-specific AssertionConsumerService endpoint to send assertions to.
If you do not use the updated SP Metadata, Datadog will not be able to associate the assertion with your organization and will display an error page with a message that the SAML response is missing the “InResponseTo” attribute.
Additional helpful documentation, links, and articles: