What is a SAML Chrome Panel and what are its benefits
A SAML Chrome Panel is a Chrome extension that allows you to browse your Azure AD tenants without having to switch between different browser tabs. It also allows you to configure tenants and set up quick connect buttons for them in the extension as well as view your tenant configuration history for the tenants you’ve configured in the extension.
The SAML Chrome Panel is compatible with the following browsers:
Google Chrome version 42 or later
Mozilla Firefox version 32 or later
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or later
You can download the SAML Chrome Panel here. And you can learn how to install it here. You can also see a video on how to install it.
If you have any issues with the SAML Chrome Panel, please open a support request at Microsoft Support.
You can also go to this link to learn how to add SAML support in your browser.
To get started, log in with your Azure AD account and Azure AD Tenant that you want the SAML panel to connect with.
After you’ve logged in, click Add a new tenant button on the top right corner and follow the instructions that appear. You can click on Learn more next to each setting and see what those configuration items mean. You can also find information about setting up the SAML Chrome Panel and what settings apply to each tenant.
Once you click on Save settings, you should get an alert that says Configuration saved successfully.
How to install a SAML Chrome Panel
To install a SAML Chrome Panel, go to the Chrome Web Store, search for the extension and click on “Add to Chrome”. You will be prompted to log in with your account. Once you are logged in, click on “Add Extension” and you will be presented with the options for SAML Chrome Panel.
Click “Add to Chrome” and the SAML Chrome Panel will be installed.
Note: After installing the extension, you may need to logout and login again in order for it to take effect.
After logging in you will be redirected to the SAML login page. In order for the SAML Chrome Panel to work properly, your identity provider must be set up with the Delegated Authentication Service (DAS). To ensure that your identity provider is configured correctly, the “DAS Check” must pass.
For more information on how to configure a SAML identity provider with DAS see: SAML Identity Providers for Google Apps.
How to use a SAML Chrome Panel
Right click the icon to open the extension’s menu and a new tab will appear. On the top right-hand corner is a “Help” button. If you hover over it and look at the icons that appear, you’ll notice that there are two “Configure…” icons. The first, which appears in blue, will allow you to import a tenant configuration file into the extension for quick access to frequently accessed tenants. (For more details on how to do this, see section 3.1.) The second, which appears in gray, will allow you to view a history of your configuration settings within the extension. This is helpful if you want to revert back to a configuration that you previously had applied. (For more details on how to do this, see section 3.4.)
3.4 Reverting to Previous Configuration Settings
If you wish to revert back to a configuration setting from before, go back into the extension settings and click the “Configure…” button. Then click on “Restore Previous Settings”, which shows up as a gray button in the lower-left corner within a dialog box (see screenshot).
3.5 Configuration Files and Backup Files
The extension UI allows you to view and manage both configuration files and backup files.