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Directory Password Synchronization with G Suite Configuration Guide


Use this guide to enable directory (AD, SQL, Oracle, etc.) to G Suite (formerly Google Apps) password synchronization via SecureAuth IdP.

This enables users' passwords to change in both the directory and G Suite once modified in one location.


1. Have G Suite and access to the Developers Console and Admin Console

2. Have a directory Service Account with read and write access for SecureAuth IdP

3. Have an Active Directory field to which SecureAuth IdP can map a Profile Property

For other data stores, the field mapping must be configured through the directory

G Suite API Configuration Steps

Create Project


1. Log into the Google Developers' Console , and navigate to IAM & Admin > Projects from the three bars menu

2. Select Create Project

These steps can also be completed by opening the Projects dropdown menu at the top, and selecting Create project


3. Provide a Project Name, and select an Organization if the project is not already being created within one

4. Click Create

Enable Admin SDK


5. In the Libraries section, search for Admin SDK, and select the option

6. On the Admin SDK page, click Enable

Create Service Account


7. On the API Manager page (accessible via the three bars menu), navigate to the Credentials section, and click Create Credentials

8. Select Service Account Key

Create Service Account Key


9. Select New service account from the Service Account dropdown, and provide a Service Account Name

10. Select Project > Owner from the Role dropdown

11. Select P12, and click Create

12. Save the p12 file that downloads, which is uploaded to the SecureAuth appliance (see steps below), note the Private Key Password, and click Close


Manage Service Account


13. On the Credentials page, click Manage Service Accounts

14. Click the three dots on the newly-created service account, and select Edit

Edit Service Account

15. Check Enable G Suite Domain-wide Delegation and provide a Product name for the consent screen

16. Click Save


Click Configure Consent Screen to set additional (optional) preferences for the consent page; or access the configuration at API Manager > Credentials > OAuth Consent Screen


Back on the Service Accounts page, a new DwD section appears for the service account

17. Click View Client ID


18. Note the Client ID, which is used in the G Suite Administrative Configuration Steps (below), and the Service Account email address, which is used in the SecureAuth IdP Configuration Steps (below)

G Suite Administration Configuration Steps


19. Log into the G Suite Administrative Console and select Security

Security - Advanced Settings


20. Under Advanced Settings, select Manage API Client Access

Manage API Client Access


21. Set the Client Name to the Client ID obtained in the G Suite API Configuration Steps (step 18)

22. Set the One or More API Scopes to and click Authorize

SecureAuth IdP Configuration Steps




This step is for Active Directory data stores only

1. In the Profile Fields section, map a directory field to Ext. Sync Pwd Date Profile Property, and check Writable

This is to contain the date on which the G Suite password was last synchronized with AD


Click Save once the configurations have been completed and before leaving the Data page to avoid losing changes

Post Authentication


2. Leave the Google Apps Domain Name field blank

3. Set the Admin Email to the G Suite Administrative email account

4. Set the Service Email to the Service Account email address obtained from the G Suite Provisioning Guide (step 18)

5. Click Choose File and select the p12 File obtained in the G Suite Provisioning Guide (step 12)

6. Set the P12 Password to the Private Key Password obtained in the G Suite Provisioning Guide (step 12)

7. Select Enabled from the Create User dropdown if SecureAuth IdP is to automatically create the G Suite user account (if it does not already exist)

8. Select Enabled from the Sync Password dropdown if SecureAuth IdP is to conduct a one-way synchronization of the user's directory password to G Suite

To synchronize on specific dates versus every time the password changes, map a directory field to the Ext. Sync Pwd Date property in the Data tab

If no field is mapped, then the password synchronizes every time


G Suite requires passwords with a minimum of 8 characters

9. Select Enabled from the Mail Forwarding dropdown if another email address will receive messages; select Disabled to disable the feature; or select Not Set if SecureAuth IdP is to not be included in this feature

10. Select the Profile Field that contains the user's Forwarding Email Address


Click Save once the configurations have been completed and before leaving the Post Authentication page to avoid losing changes