The DNN Azure Active Directory Provider is an Authentication provider for DNN Platform that uses Azure Active Directory OAuth2 authentication to authenticate users.
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DNN Azure Active Directory provider

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The DNN Azure Active Directory Provider is an Authentication provider for DNN Platform that uses Azure Active Directory OAuth2 authentication to authenticate users.

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Installation and configuration guide

This guide has two parts:

  • How to setup Azure Active Directory
  • How to install the authorization provider in our DNN deployment and how to setup the AD parameters we created before

Following this two steps, you will give access to all your Azure AD users to register and sign-in into your DNN application. You can go later and harden your security settings like only allow to access the DNN Web Application to certain users on the Azure portal. Also note that depending on whether you have "Public" or "Private" user account registration on your DNN portal, you will need to approve the registered user before allowing him to access the site.

Azure Active Directory setup

  1. Go to to setup the required applications on your Azure Active Directory. You need to use the user credentials of a user with at least "Service Admin" role.
  2. In the left-hand navigation pane, click the Azure Active Directory service, click App registrations, and click New application registration.
  3. When the Create page appears, enter your application's registration information:
    • Name: Enter a meaningful application name. This can be any name you want and is simply how you will identify the application in your Azure Active Directory (i.e. "My DNN Web Application").
    • Application type: Select "Web app / API" (notice that Web Applications and Web API’s are considered the same type of application as far as Azure AD is concerned)
    • Sign-On URL: This is the URL where user can sign in and use your app. In a typical DNN site, this should be something like "". You can change this URL later.
  4. When finished, click Create. Azure AD assigns a unique Application ID to your application, and you're taken to your application's main registration page.
  5. Click on the name of the app we've just created and then on "All settings" > "Required permissions" > "Windows Azure Active Directory". Ensure that the app has, at least, Sign in and read user profile checked, in the Delegated permissions section. Optionally, if as an administrator you want to avoid your users to consent access after login in the first time, you can click on the Grant permissions button.
  6. Now on the Settings page, under the keys section, create a new key with the desired expiration. Click on Save and then copy the key to a secure location. IMPORTANT: you won't be able to copy this key later, so copy it now or generate a new one when needed.

DNN provider installation and configuration

It's important to remember that you need a DNN deployment with version 7.4.1 or later for v1.0.1 and version 9.0.0 or later for v3.0 to continue.

  1. Download the DNN Azure AD provider from the Releases folder (i.e.
  2. Login into your DNN Platform website as a host user and install the provider from the "Host > Extensions" page
  3. Use the Install Extension Wizard to upload and install the file you downloaded on step 1. Once installed, you can setup the provider from the new settings page, under the section Azure Active Directory on the Persona Bar: alt text

The settings page is very straightforward. It only requires three parameters from your Azure AD application:

  • Directory Tenant ID: You can get this parameter from the Properties section of your active directory (it's the value of the field Directory ID)
  • App ID: This is the Application ID of the application you created in step 4 of the previous section of this guide
  • Secret: This is the Key that you generated in step 6 of the previous section
  • Enabled: Use this switch to enable/disable the provider
  • Auto-Redirect: This option allows you to automatically redirect your login page to the Azure AD login page alt text