You can use the vSphere Web Client to add a SAML service provider to vCenter Single Sign-On, and add vCenter Single Sign-On as the identity provider to that service. When users log in to the service provider, the service provider authenticates those users with vCenter Single Sign-On.


The target service must fully support the SAML 2.0 standard and the SP metadata must have the SPSSODescriptor element.

If the metadata do not follow the SAML 2.0 metadata schema precisely, you might have to edit the metadata before you import it. For example, if you are using an Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) SAML service provider, you have to edit the metadata before you can import them. Remove the following non-standard elements:


  1. Export the metadata from the service provider to a file.
  2. Log in with the vSphere Web Client to the vCenter Server connected to the Platform Services Controller.
  3. Navigate to the Configuration UI.
    1. From the Home menu, select Administration.
    2. Under Single Sign On, click Configuration.
  4. Import the SP metadata into vCenter Single Sign-On.
    1. Select the SAML Service Providers tab.
    2. In the Metadata from your SAML service provider dialog box, import the metadata by pasting the XML string or by importing a file.
  5. Export the vCenter Single Sign-On IDP metadata.
    1. In the Metadata for your SAML service provider text box, click Download.
    2. Specify a file location.
  6. Log in to the SAML SP, for example VMware vRealize Automation 7.0, and follow the SP instructions to add the vCenter Single Sign-On metadata to that service provider.
    See the vRealize Automation documentation for details on importing the metadata into that product.