You can use the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to authenticate users.

ThoughtSpot enables you to use the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to authenticate users. You can set up SAML through the shell on ThoughtSpot using a tscli-based configurator. It is configured to work using service provided by an Identity Provider (IdP).

Popular Identity Providers that ThoughtSpot supports include Okta, Azure Active Directory, PingFederate, Microsoft AD FS, and Onelogin. This is not an exhaustive list. To determine if ThoughtSpot supports your preferred IdP, talk to your ThoughtSpot contact.

After you complete the SAML configuration in ThoughtSpot that this article describes, refer to your Identity Provider’s SAML documentation for specific information on setting up SAML with that IdP.

Configuration prerequisites

Before you configure SAML, collect the following information:

ThoughtSpot service address
Service port
Unique service name
Skew time in seconds
IDP Metadata XML File
Automatically add SAML users to Thoughtspot
Also use ThoughtSpot internal authentication

ThoughtSpot service address

DNS name of the load balancer front-end for multi-node ThoughtSpot clusters, or of the ThoughtSpot server for a single-node ThoughtSpot cluster. If you do not have the DNS name, you can use the front-end IP address. Using the DNS name instead of the IP address is a best practice.

Service port

Service port for ThoughtSpot instance. Use port TCP/443.

Unique service name

The unique key ThoughtSpot uses to identify IDP service. Set by the ThoughtSpot Support Team. You may know this as the Entity ID.

The key has the following format: urn:thoughtspot:callosum:saml.

Skew time in seconds

Allowed skew time for authentication, or the duration after authentication response is rejected and sent back from the IDP.

Usually set to 3600 seconds.

IDP Metadata XML File

This file is provided by the IdP. The absolute path to the idp-meta.xml file is needed for one-time configuration. If your IDP needs an Assertion Consumer Service URL to create the metadata file, use https://<hostname_or_IP>/callosum/v1/saml/SSO.

Automatically add SAML users to Thoughtspot: (yes/no)

If you choose ‘yes’, then new users will be automatically created in ThoughtSpot upon first successful SSO login.

If you choose ‘no’, then SAML users will not be added in ThoughtSpot upon first successful SSO login. Instead, you must add users manually or through Active Directory.

Also use ThoughtSpot internal authentication: (y/n)

If ‘y’, then ThoughtSpot local/internal users (including local administrative users) will still be authenticated outside the scope of SSO.

Configure SAML using tscli

To set up SAML on ThoughtSpot for user authentication, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Linux shell using SSH.

  2. Run the saml configure command to launch the interactive SAML configuration:

     tscli saml configure
    
  3. Complete the configurator prompts with the information you collected in Configuration prerequisites.

  4. When the configuration completes, open a browser and navigate to the ThoughtSpot login page. It should show the SSO option.

Additional resources

As you develop your expertise in authentication and security, we recommend the following ThoughtSpot U course:

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