Configure Federated Authentication
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MongoDB Federated Authentication links your credentials across many MongoDB systems. Atlas implements authentication using the Federated Identity Management model.
Using the FIM model:
Your company manages your credentials using an Identity Provider (IdP). With its IdP, your company can enable you to authenticate with other services across the web.
You configure MongoDB Atlas to authenticate using data passed from your IdP.
This goes beyond SSO as your IdP manages your credentials, not MongoDB. Your users can use Atlas without needing to remember another username and password.
While you have a federated IdP enabled, Atlas disables any other authentication mechanisms.
To link your IdP to Atlas you provide each with the appropriate metadata. After you link your IdP to Atlas, map domains, organizations, and roles to your IdP:
- Domain Mapping
- Atlas routes users with email addresses that use mapped domains to the associated IdP.
- Organization Mapping
- Atlas grants users who log in through the IdP access to mapped Atlas organizations.
- Role Mapping
- As part of the organization mapping, you can choose which role to grant your users. These roles map to groups in your IdP.
Federation Management Access
You can manage federated authentication from the Federation
Management Console. You can access the console as long as you are an
Organization Owner in one or more organizations that are
delegating federation settings to the instance.
To open the Federation Management console:
If you're configuring single sign-on for users in your organization for the first time, you can follow MongoDB's federation management Quick Start Guide.
To configure single sign-on with the Quick Start Guide:
If you've already completed the federation management Quick Start but want to go through those steps again, click the link at the bottom of the Federation Management console Overview page.
To configure federated authentication from the Federation Management console in Atlas, you must:
Click Manage Identity Providers and Link an Identity Provider to Atlas to ensure that your users are authenticated through your trusted IdP.
Click Manage Domains and Map Domains to your Identity Provider to simplify the login experience for users from specified domains. Atlas authenticates users through a mapped IdP if their email address matches a mapped domain.
After federating authentication, you can simplify user authorization. In the Federation Management console, click Manage Organizations. You can perform these activities:
Map Atlas organizations to your IdP.
Map Atlas roles to groups in your IdP.
End-to-end tutorials on implementing federated authentication:
Consideration for Restricted Access to Atlas UI
If you enable IP access list for the Atlas UI for an organization, and restrict access by any user to at least one federated organization, Atlas doesn't allow this user to access the Federation Management console.
Consideration for Two-Factor Authentication
Atlas bypasses 2FA for users who authenticate with federated authentication through your IdP. If a user authenticates through your IdP and has 2FA for their Atlas account enabled, Atlas doesn't prompt the user for 2FA. Instead, you can configure your trusted IdP to prompt users for 2FA. To learn more, see Manage Your Multi-Factor Authentication Options.