Microsoft Windows Active Directory

Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD) provides identity based access controls for a wide range of Microsoft products. Windows AD also provides support for authenticating third party extranet applications including Databricks by using their Federated Single-Sign On product Windows Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) which allows authentication using the SAML 2.0 standard.


  • The following guide is for configuring ADFS integration using Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Federation Services version If you need support for other versions of ADFS or Azure Directory Services and you are an existing customer please contact . If you are a new customer, please reach out to
  • Windows AD will typically use a short employee ID or employee username as the authentication principal rather than an email address (for example “DatabricksJDOE” or ). When users login to Databricks they will enter this username on the single sign-on page, but the user’s workspace directory and username in Databricks will still be their full email address ( ).
  • Occasionally, there are time synchronization issues that invalidate all ADFS logins. Please make sure to update the clock on your ADFS server if you run into issues with logging in.
  • Some organizations use specific certificates for token signing and token encryption. If you are having trouble enabling ADFS SSO and your organization uses multiple certificates, please contact Databricks at (for existing customers) or (for new customers).

Step 1:

Requirements. We assume you already have the following Windows Services installed:

  • Windows Domain Server
  • Windows DNS Service
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services IIS
  • Windows AD
  • Windows AD FS

For more details on how to install and configure these services please refer to the Microsoft Knowledge base at:

Other configuration items:

  • Please install a signed SSL certificate for your ADFS login page and the fingerprint for that certificate.
  • Please ensure that user objects in your active directory HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS ATTRIBUTE to map AD users to Databricks users

Step 2:

Open the AD FS Management console (see icon.) 10000201000002120000009208E32CFBAC2F4EDF_png

Then click the link to “Edit Federation Service Properties” on the right side “Action” bar. The federation service name and identifier should match the DNS entry for the environment. In AWS if you don’t use a custom DNS entry then the URL will look as follows:


Databricks uses SAML 2.0 as the standard authentication mechanism. To confirm that your ADFS services supports SAML 2.0 go to ADFS > Service > Endpoints and confirm that the URL Path “/adfs/ls” exists.


If this is the first time using ADFS to authenticate a client outside of your corporate intranet, you will need to enable intranet Forms Authentication. To do so, go to the ADFS Management application > ADFS > Authentication Policies > Edit Global Authentication Policy

Then check the box for Intranet Forms authentication.


Then go to https://<your-sso-domain>.com/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon to view the single sign-on page for your organization.

Step 3:

To add Databricks as a Relying Party trust, go to AD FS > Trust Relationships > Relying Party Trusts. Right click and select “Add Relying Party Trust”.


On the next screen, Select Data Sources, select the last option, Enter Data About the Party Manually.


Under display name type “Databricks” and under Notes put any notes or additional information you want.

On the next screen select the first radio button “AD FS profile”


Optionally configure a certificate for AD FS to Databricks encryption (highly recommended)


Under configure URL select the second option “Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol” and enter the URL: https://<your-sso-domain>.com/adfs/ls/


On the “Configure URL” step, enter https://<your-sso-domain>.com/adfs/services/trust and then click the “Add” button.


On the next screen, “Configure Multi-factor Authentication …”, choose the default “I do not want to configure ….”


Under “Choose Issuance Authorization Rules” select “Permit all users to access this relying party”. Note that this setting is for testing purposes only and you will likely want to use Active Directory Groups or Membership rules to give a user in your organization access Databricks.


Review the configuration on the next screen and leave the “Open the Edit Claim Rules …” checkbox checked on the screen following. Click the Close button to continue.

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Step 4: Transform Claim Rules

Claim rules in ADFS map user objects in Windows AD with users in Databricks. We will be creating a Claim Rule that maps users based on their e-mail address.

The “Add Transform Claim Rule” wizard should already be open if you finished step Step 3 above. If it is not, you can click on the “Relying Party Trusts”, select Databricks and then on the right Actions sidebar select “Edit Claim Rules ...” then click the “Add Rule” button.

On the first screen choose, “Send LDAP Attributes as Claims”.


On the next screen, type the Claim Rule Name: “Outgoing Databricks LDAP Email”, set the Attribute Store to “Active Directory” and select the LDAP Attribute your company uses to store your corporate email addresses (the default is “E-Mail Addresses”) and map that to “Name ID” and “E-Mail Address” like so:


Click “Finish”

On the next screen click the “Add Rule” button. This time set the Claim Rule Template to “Transform an Incoming Claim”


On the Configure Claim Rule screen, type the Claim Rule Name: “Incoming Databricks LDAP Email”.

Set the following values:

  • Incoming claim type: E-Mail Address
  • Incoming name ID format: Unspecified
  • Outgoing claim type: Name ID
  • Outgoing name ID format: Email

Select “Pass through all claim values”


Then click Finish.

Finally click Apply then Ok to return to the main screen.

Step 5: Change Signature to SHA-1

On the ADFS Relying Party Trusts screen, select “Databricks” and then click “Properties” on the Action bar.


Select the “Advanced” tab and change the Secure hash algorithm to “SHA-1”


Step 6:

Configure Databricks for Single Sign-On

Login to your account as an Administrator.

Go to the Admin Console

Select the “Single Sign On” tab

Leave (1) as the default value.

Set (2)

Single Sign-On URL: https://<your-sso-domain>.com/adfs/ls/

Identity Provider Issuer URL: https://<your-sso-domain>.com/adfs/services/trust

From the ADFS Management Console go to ADFS > Service > Certificates

Find the Token-signing certificate then click “View Certificate” from the Action sidebar.


Click the Details tab.

Click “Copy to File”

Choose “Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER)” when prompted.

Open the file with Notepad or another text editor.

Copy the text between “—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–” and “—–END CERTIFICATE—–” and paste into the “X.509 Certificate” field.


Click Enable SSO. Then logout and try to login using your corporate single sign-on page.