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GOOGLE WORKSPACE DIRECTORY INTEGRATION OF SLX Connect


SLX Connect helps to synchronize users using Google Workspace Active Directory Integration and lets you take complete control over application access, user provision and deprovision in real time and you can also add second factor authentication. Our Identity and access management system is rooted in Google Workspace which provides an identity for authentication.


Google Workspace Directory Integration

Google Workspace (formely known as G Suite) is a very popular application which is used for making corporate groups for important discussions or meetings in a company. Google has a number of features that makes it important for departments, teams and special-interest groups to manage their own group memberships and participate in online discussions. There is the admin console in Google Workspace which supports mapping of the user when Google Workspace is set up for Single Sign-On (SSO).

In Google Workspace individual can be easily mapped but when group mapping is concerned, some restrictions are imposed. these restrictions are listed below:

  • Google Groups for Business limits message activity, group size, invitations, and membership. The number of transactions are restricted as well. If you reach one of the limits, your activity is temporarily restricted. The restriction typically lasts an hour but can last as long as 24 hours.
  • Also, Google provides the API which supports only retrieving the list of groups that the user is directly a part of and not the parent groups of a user. (Suppose the user is part of Group A and the same user is a part of Group B as well which is parent group for the user. Then only the user's Group A can be retrieved.)

Directory Integration will automate a one time sync from Google Workspace to SLX Connect even if the changes are made in the SLX Connect then it will get mapped with the Google Workspace automatically.


SLX Connect with Directory Integration of Google Workspace

With SLX Connect Directory Integration, you can take complete control over application access, user provision and deprovision in real time and you can also add second factor authentication. Our Identity and access management system is rooted in Google Workspace which provides an identity for authentication. Google Workspace end-users will enjoy SLX Connect single sign-on across desktop, web, mobile, two-factor authentication as well as the approval of applications.

Directory is a specialized database that is specially made for storage of the users and the other attributes. Directories typically store data that does not change often such as employee information, user policies, and group membership on the office network. Using Directory Integration, it will automatically import the user accounts from Google Workspace into SLX Connect, so you don't have to import them by manually. Users can synchronize with Google Workspace in real time so that any changes in roles, groups are reflected directly into Google Workspace. It will continuously monitor Google Workspace for new or updated users and instantly creating/updating those users in SLX Connect.

Select Google if you want to continue to use Google Workspace as your directory and authentication source. In this case, your users passwords will be managed by Google Workspace, and SLX Connect authenticates users against their Google Workspace credentials. It will keep SLX Connect updated whenever users are added or updated in Google Workspace. New users are passed to SLX Connect in the real-time after authentication using Google Workspace credentials. Also, Google Workspace gets updated whenever users are added or updated in SLX Connect.



Google Workspace directory integration with SLX Connect server


Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below for Google Workspace Directory Integration

Step 1: Setup Google Workspace as IDP in SLX Connect

  • Log in to Your SLX Connect Console and navigate to Identity Providers > Add Identity Provider > SAML




  • Go to https://admin.google.com and login to your Google Workspace Administrator account.
  • On the Admin index, Click on Apps.
  • Google Workspace directory integration select apps


  • In the App Settings, select SAML apps.
  • Google Workspace directory integration select saml apps


  • Click on the Add App button on the top left.
  • Google Workspace directory integration add apps


  • Choose Add custom SAML app from the dropdown list.
  • Google Workspace directory integration custom saml app


  • Enter a suitable name; for example, SLX Connect, and press continue.
  • Google Workspace directory integration app details


  • Download the IDP metadata or keep handy the Entity ID and SSO URL it will be required by the SLX Connect.
  • Fill the details on the SLX Connect IdP screen by adding the following data from Google Workspace Metadata.


  • IDP Display Name Google Workspace (G Suite)
    IDP Identifier Google Workspace (Google Apps)
    IDP Entity Id IDP Entity ID
    SAML SSO Login URL Identity Provider SSO URL
    X.509 Certificate> X.509 Certificate
  • Click on Save. You have now set up Google Workspace as a SAML IdP in SLX Connect.

Step 2: Steps to setup SLX Connect as SP in Google Workspace (G-Suite)

  • On the Google Workspace Metadata page, click on continue.
  • Google Workspace directory integration Google Metadata information


  • In the SLX Connect IdP dashboard, navigate to Identity Providers and click on Select near your recently configured GSuite IdP entry, and click on Metadata.
  • Google Workspace directory integration edit Metadata


  • Click on Show Metadata Details under the FOR SP - INITIATED SSO section, and copy the relevant details.


  • Enter the ACS URL and the Entity ID in the GSuite dashboard; select EMAIL under the Name ID format section and click on continue.
  • Google Workspace directory integration Google Dashboard Information


Step 3: Steps to map Google Workspace user attributes with SLX Connect

  • You can skip this step if you don’t want to configure attribute mapping between GSuite and SLX Connect.
  • Add the attribute mapping as required, and click on Finish. The attributes selected will be available to SLX Connect using the names that you configure here.
  •  Google Workspace directory integration Add Custom Mapping

  • If you want to send Google Workspace attributes to your configured applications, go to Identity Providers, and edit your recently configured GSuite IdP entry.
  • Enable the Send Configured Attributes option, and enter the appropriate attribute names to be sent to your configured applications. Click Save to update your IdP settings.


  • You can check if the attributes are being mapped correctly by navigating to Identity Providers, clicking the Select dropdown next to your configured GSuite IdP, and clicking on Test Connection.


  • After doing the configurations try Test Configuration in SLX Connect you will see the Test Successful Window with all the configurations.
  •  Google Workspace directory integration Successful


  • Now try to sign in with the user which is not in SLX Connect. The user will get automatically updated in the users list in SLX Connect.You can see the user list in SLX Connect>Users. (The red symbol indicates the user is not from SLX Connect.)
  • Google Workspace directory integration Users


Step 4: Importing Users

  • Import Google Apps users in SLX Connect Directory. Navigate to Users -> User Sync/Provisioning Section.



  • Select Google Apps from the dropdown list.


  • Enter Google administrator email to verify your identity once and click on verify credentials.


  • Login with your Google Admin Account.


  • Once logged in successfully, click on Allow button to authorize SLX Connect to view and manage the provisioning of users on your domain.


  • Once your Google Apps domain identity is verified. We can import users from Google Workspace.


  • Now, Enable Import Users and save provisioning settings for Google Workspace (google apps).


  • Go to Import Users Tab and select Google Apps from the dropdown. Click on Import to create users in SLX Connect.


  • Once the import is done. You can view these users in Users->User List.
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  • Once imported Send invitation emails to users with link to reset their Google Workspace account password once.


  • When user reset their password, the password gets synced in Google Workspace account. When a user clicks on the password reset link from the invitation email. He will see a page like this to Reset the google password.
  •  Google Workspace directory integration Reset Password