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External Authentication Details for OpenID Connect in Azure


This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to retrieve external authentication details for RC backend login using Microsoft account with OpenID Connect.

NOTE: This method is changed from code flow to implicit flow from 4.3 RTM.

Authentication Details for OpenID Connect

Part A. Register application in Azure AD

1. Go to Azure portalAzure Active DirectoryApp registrations and click [New registration].

2. Fill in application details:

  • Name: enter application name.
  • Supported account types: select ‘Accounts in this organizational directory only (… only – Single tenant’.
  • Redirect URI: select Web platform, then enter Reply URL generated in RC backendSystemAuthentication. (This Reply URL is automatically created when you select an ‘Authentication Protocol’ – see screenshot below)

3. Click [Register] button at the bottom of the screen.

Part B. Configure details for the created Azure AD app


NOTE: This configuration is required if you use Open ID Connect Authentication protocol.

Go to Azure portal  Azure Active Directory  App registrations Authentication. Then click on ID tokens (used for implicit and hybrid flows)

Token configuration

NOTE: This configuration is only required if you use OpenID Connect Authentication protocol.

1. On the created app’s screen, open Token configuration and click [Add optional claim] button:

2. Select ID for Token type, then check on email and verified_secondary_email as shown in the following figure:

NOTE: If RBAC is applied, you must choose family_name and given_name beside 2 required claims above.

3. Click [Add] and the following message shows up.

4. Check on the tick box ‘Turn on the Microsoft Graph email permission’, then click [Add] button to finish.

5. In the API permissions section, click [Grant admin consent] for the added permissions.

Application ID URI

NOTE: If the option Resource Finder & My Meetings and Outlook Add-in is chosen in Authentication configuration, you need to configure them with application ID URL.

To retrieve Application ID Url, follow these steps below:

1. Go to Azure portal  Azure Active Directory  App registrations. Click [View all applications] then select the app that you registered in Part A to see its details. Then click [Add an Application ID URI].

2. Look for ‘Scopes defined by this API’ section, then click [Add a scope] which opens a screen on the right side. The ‘Application ID URI’ field is shown with the following format:

Now, change the value of this field by adding the RC backend URL to this value as follows:

api://[RC backend URL]/[Application (client) ID of this app]

For example: api://

After that, click [Save and continue] to proceed to the next step.

3. On ‘Add a scope’ screen (figure below), enter necessary information for the 3 mandatory fields: Scope name, Admin consent display name, and Admin consent description.

Once you are done, click [Add scope].

4. Look for ‘Authorized client applications’ section, then click [Add a client application] which opens the following screen:

Here, select the scope(s) that you have added from step 2, then enter the ‘Client ID’ which will allow Office to access to this app.

There are 4 Client IDs that you can choose, each allows specified Office app to have access:

  • For all Microsoft Office application endpoints (highly recommended): ea5a67f6-b6f3-4338-b240-c655ddc3cc8e
  • For for Microsoft Office (desktop app): d3590ed6-52b3-4102-aeff-aad2292ab01c
  • For Office on the web: 93d53678-613d-4013-afc1-62e9e444a0a5
  • For Outlook on the web: bc59ab01-8403-45c6-8796-ac3ef710b3e3

After entering a Client ID, click [Add application].

Part C. Collect information for RC authentication configuration

Collect all the information required to perform the configuration of external authentication in Resource Central which is detailed below.

Tenant (Tenant ID)

Go to Azure portal  Azure Active Directory, click [Overview] and you can see the tenant ID as shown in the following figure:

Client ID

Go to Azure portal  Azure Active Directory  App registrations. Click [All applications] then select the app that you registered in Part A to see its details.

The Client ID is the Application (client) ID as you can see in the above figure.

Application ID URI

To get Application ID URI, click [Overview] to see the app’s details. You can now copy the new value in ‘Application ID URI’ field:


Client secret

NOTE: Client secret section is optional and only used for Open ID Connect with team app.

Go to Azure portal  Azure Active Directory  App registrations. Click [All applications] then select the app that you registered in Part A to see its details.

Click [Certificates & secrets]  [New client secret].

Enter Description, select Expires time, then click [Add] button. The Value and Secret ID column will be populated with Client secret and an ID:

Please remember to copy client secret value because you will not be able to retrieve it after leaving this panel.

NOTE: If the Expires time has passed, you should create a new Client secret and replace Resource Central.

Client secret

Retrieve the “Value” from the Client secret.

      You can map with the Client secret (for Team add-in) on Resource Central in the Authentication section.


Applies toRC 4.3+

Reference: TFS #339238

Knowledge base ID: 0318

Last updated: Jun 13, 2023

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