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What are the pre-requisites for enabling SAML authentication in ONTAP System Manager?

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Applies to

  • ONTAP System Manager 9.3 and later
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)


Supported IdP Servers
Claim Rule Value
SAM-account-name Name ID
SAM-account-name urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.1
Name Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri
Token groups – Unqualified Name urn:oid:

Note: The claim rules mentioned above need to be configured/setup in IdP server.

  • IdP server setup is done by an IdP admin and NetApp Support is not involved in this process.
Ports, local users setup and other configuration
  • Ports 443 or 80 need to be open between the ONTAP cluster and IdP server 
  • Access to Remote LAN Module (RLM) or Service Processor (SP) console of the ONTAP cluster 
    • Administrative users will not be able to log into System Manager if IdP is misconfigured
    • You will not be able to disable SAML from the cluster management LIF; you must disable SAML from the RLM  or SP console. 
  • Active Directory Domain Groups configured on a cluster do not currently work with SAML
  • Adding a SAML Domain User in ONTAP cluster using the ONTAP CLI


  • ONTAP is case-sensitive
  • No need to use sAMAccountName (Domain\Username), just use the username
  • In some cases you will need to use a user name pattern like user@domain to make it work because this comes from the IdP


  • Example 1:

If Active Directory Domain Username is John with capital J, then add SAML user in Ontap cluster with the same name.

cluster::> security login create -user-or-group-name John -application http -authentication-method saml -role admin
cluster::> security login create -user-or-group-name John -application ontapi -authentication-method saml -role admin

  • Example 2:

If Active Directory Domain Username is joHn with capital H.

cluster::> security login create -user-or-group-name joHn -application http -authentication-method saml -role admin
cluster::> security login create -user-or-group-name joHn -application ontapi -authentication-method saml -role admin

  • The cluster should be able to ping the IdP server fully qualified domain name

::> dns hosts show

::> ping <IDP_server_name>

  • The IdP server should be able to ping the cluster management lif or cluster fully qualified domain name

IdP server CLI --> ping <cluster_FQDN>

  • Check to make sure the cluster certificate is not expired

::> security certificate show -vserver <cluster_name> -common-name <clustername>

IdP (Identity provider) URL
  • Capture the IdP URL from ADFS or Shibboleth server
    • OKTA and Ping Federate have been configured successfully but not tested within NetApp.
    • The URL is needed to configure SAML on ONTAP System Manager.
  • OkTA URL should not contain the Token groups Unqualified name

Correct URL  --
Incorrect URL --

  • Ping Federate URL will be similar to the following:


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