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2802815 - SSO - SP-initiated login behavior


Users enter the instance via SSO using the SP-initiated login URL and is directed to the IdP login page for them to enter credentials


SAP HCM Successfactors

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Enter the SP-initiated login URL in browser (example: or
  2. User is redirected to the IdP login page
  3. User enters IdP credentials > user is authenticated and is redirected to the SF Homepage


The SF URL link calls the IdP provider which is why the IdP login page appears. After entering the credentials, the IdP provider validates and matches the user in SF. If they meet the criteria, it calls upon the authentication and directs you to the SF Homepage.


This is expected behavior for SP-initiated logins. You will need to enter your credentials into the IdP login page first before you can enter the SF Homepage.

Moreover, an active IdP session must be open for the SP-initiated URL to directly log you into the SF instance.

To illustrate further, the process is:

SP-initiated login URL in browser > IdP Login Page > Enter credentials > SF Home page

NOTE: If you want to bypass this, please check with your IdP provider on how to remove the IdP login page to directly log into the SF Homepage using the SP-initiated login URL.

For example, for ADFS, there is a certificate that needs to be uploaded. Hence, please reach out to your IdP provider on how to perform this.

See Also

2317944 - BizX Platform - Partner resources : SAML 2.0 Provisioning guide - Troubleshooting tips and tricks - Common errors and resolution

2362180 - SSO - Single Sign On setup with Microsoft ADFS and Success Factors

2325404 - 2325404 - LMS: Direct Link behavior with BizX SSO


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