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This document provides instructions on how to set up and configure ADFS for Outscan.


Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) provides users with authenticated Single Sign-On (SSO) access to applications unable to use Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) through Active Directory (AD).

Setting up ADFS

To set up ADFS with Outscan follow the steps in this document.


When setting up the ADFS, note that trusted certificates at the front-end machine can be updated at regular intervals requiring an update of the ADFS configuration.

Update Metadata

  1. Download the metadata from https://<ADFS SERVER URL>/FederationMetadata/2007-06/FederationMetadata.xml.
  2. Open the metadata file in a editor.
  3. Add <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?> to the beginning of the file.
  4. Add attribute validUntil="YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS" to the tag: <EntityDescriptor, change the attribute value to a valid date.
  5. Save the metadata.

Identity Provider

An Identity Provider (IdP) offers user authentication as a service. It is a trusted provider that allows the use of single sign-on (SSO) to access other application. SSO enhances usability by reducing password fatigue as passwords are maintained on your IdP.

Set Up Identity Provider


To enable SSO on HIAB/OUTSCAN you will have to import meta-data from your IdP into HIAB/OUTSCAN. You will also need to export the service provider’s meta-data from HIAB/OUTSCAN and import it to your IdP.


While reading the response from IdP during signing in to our portal, we accept signed assertions with parameters. The parameters list which your IdP is returning in response must include your user name in a parameter. By default it is set to parameter named uid but you can set up to different parameter (eg Subject attribute).

Set up Identity Provider Integration

To set up Identity Provider:

  1. Go to Menu > Settings > Integrations > Identity Provider.

  2. Provide the below information to enable Identity Provider (IdP):
    • Enabled: Select the Enabled checkbox to enable the protocol for single sign-on trusting another source to log in.

 Use one or both of the following option to provide metadata of IdP:

    • Get metadata from file: Select Identity provider’s metadata file by clicking the + symbol beside the field.
      Metadata contains information such as how it works, what type of login is acceptable and so on.
    • Get metadata from URL: Provide a URL from which the OUTSCAN or HIAB (Service Provider) should fetch metadata from IdP.
    • Subject attribute: Enter uid string. This field cannot be left empty.


      The parameter name must be typed as expected in the SAML authentication response (one single word starting with lowercase and may include some upper cases (eg camelCase)).

    • Signature hash algorithm: Select between SHA-256 or SHA-1.

After enabling the required settings:

  1. Click Save to save the current settings.
  2. Click Reset to fully remove the current settings. This disables the integration.
    • IDP Metadata: Click this button to display the currently uploaded metadata of the Identity Provider.
    • SP Metadata: Click on this button to display the service provider’s metadata.

Enable the ADFS Integration on OUTSCAN


Make sure that the previous section has been performed before continuing.

  1. Upload the updated metadata from ADFS as Get Metadata from file.
  2. If the ADFS configuration is set to use SHA-1 as Secure hash algorithm, then change Signature hash algorithm from the default SHA-256 setting to SHA-1.

  3. Click Save.
  4. Log out.

Check ADFS Configuration for Secure Hash Algorithm

To find out the settings for Secure hash algorithm configured in the Relying Party Trust in the ADFS configuration, edit the Properties and open Advanced tab to display this setting.

Download Outscan Metadata

  1. Log in on
  2. Go to Main Menu > Settings > Integration
  3. Select the Identity Provider tab.
  4. Click SP Metadata at the bottom of the Integration Settings window.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Log out.

Configure ADFS Relying Party Trust

  1. Open ADFS Management.
  2. Click Add Relying Party Trust.
  3. Select Claims aware.
  4. Click Start.
  5. Select Import data about the relying party from file.
  6. Select the Outscan metadata file.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Change Display name to Outscan, this will be the name of the Relying Party Trust.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Choose Access Control PolicyPermit everyone is default.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Review settings and click Next.
  13. Click Close.
  14. Select Relying Party Trust with name Outscan.
  15. Click Properties.
  16. Select the Identifiers tab.
  17. Add as Relying party identifier.
  18. Select the Advanced tab.
  19. If SHA-1 is required change the Secure hash algorithm to SHA-1.
  20. Click Apply.
  21. Then click OK.

Configure ADFS Authentication Methods

  1. Open ADFS Management.
  2. Select Authentication Policies or if that does not exist, expand Services and select Authentication Methods.
  3. Click Edit for Primary Authentication Methods.
  4. Make sure Forms Authentication is enabled for section Intranet.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Then click OK.

Disable ADFS Revocation Checks

  1. Open PowerShell prompt.
  2. Run command:

    Get-AdfsRelyingPartyTrust -Name Outscan | Set-AdfsRelyingPartyTrust -SigningCertificateRevocationCheck None -EncryptionCertificateRevocationCheck None


Configure ADFS Claim Rules

  1. Open ADFS Management.
  2. Select Relying Party Trust with name Outscan.
  3. Click Edit Claim Issuance Policy.
  4. Click Add Rule.
  5. Select Send Claims using a Custom Rule.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Enter rule name Create session identifier.
  8. Enter the following in the custom rule field:

    c1:[Type == ""] && c2:[Type == ""]
    => add(store = "_OpaqueIdStore", types = (""), query = "{0};{1};{2};{3};{4}", param = "useEntropy", param = c1.Value, param = c1.OriginalIssuer, param = "", param = c2.Value);

    Note can be changed to a local address in self-hosted environments.

  9. Click Finish.
  10. Click Add Rule.
  11. Select Send Claims using a Custom Rule.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Enter rule name Create transient name identifier.
  14. Enter the following in the custom rule field:

    c:[Type == ""]
    => issue(Type = "", Issuer = c.Issuer, OriginalIssuer = c.OriginalIssuer, Value = c.Value, ValueType = c.ValueType, 
    Properties[""] = "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:transient", 
    Properties[""] = "");

    Note can be changed to a local address in self-hosted environments.

  15. Click Finish.
  16. Click Add Rule.
  17. Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims.
  18. Click Next.
  19. Enter rule name Send uid.
  20. Select Attribute Store.
  21. Select the LDAP field that contains the Outscan username (like SAM-Account-Name) as LDAP Attribute.
  22. Enter uid as Outgoing Claim type.
  23. Click Finish.
  24. Click Apply and then OK.

Test the Integration

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username.
  3. Press on Single Sign-On.
  4. Enter your credentials on the ADFS page you have been redirected to.
  5. Press Sign In.
  6. You are redirected back to Outscan and authenticated.


If 2-factor authentication is enabled on Outscan, you are required to provide it before you are logged in.

Tested version

OSVersionBuildADFS VersionStatus
Windows Server2016


Windows Server2019 Datacenter Edition1776310.0.17763.1131