Before you start using Federated Directory, you have to sign up. It is easy and free.
You can do it here: https://www.federated.directory/signup
To Signup to Federated Directory, you can choose of one of two options. If you have a Google or Microsoft account, you can sign up using a Single Sign-On (SSO) process. If you prefer to have an account associated with no identity provider, you can create a fully isolated Federated Directory account. Benefits and use cases by choosing one ore another, you can read below.
You can finalize the sign-up process only after you have read and agreed to terms of service. Please read them carefully before continue.
Single Sign-On (SSO)
The easiest way to sign up is to use SSO. This way you don't have to remember one more password for your new account and you don't have to fill in an extra form with your details. To do this, click SIGN UP WITH MICROSOFT or SIGN UP WITH GOOGLE respectively. If you've been already login to Google or Microsoft, then you will directly land to the Federated Directory application. Otherwise you might yet fill your Microsoft/Google account details in to login.
Benefits for using SSO when doing sign up:
- No extra account details to remember
- Easier to setup provisioning with Microsoft or Google
Isolated Federated Directory account
It might be so, that you don't want to use your SSO account to for Federated Directory. In this case you will receive completely isolated Federated Directory account not connected to any identity provider. To create such an account you need to provide account details inside Sign Up Manually form.
The following fields are needed:
|Short company name||It must be between 2 and 40 characters long and can contain any letters or numbers, dashes
|Your name||The display name that will be used to create your first user account in Federated Directory.|
|Email address||Please make sure it is valid, since we will send all the information you need to get started to this email address.|
Benefits for using isolated Federated Directory account:
- No need to have a Google or Microsoft account
Your company directory
Once you have signed up and logged in to Federated Directory, it's time to fill your Federated Directory with the employees from your organization.
Those employees will be able to log in to Federated Directory and search each other. As soon as your company directory is filled, you also can start federating with other companies. Federation will help you to search employees of the companies you have federated with.
Here is a possible use cases, how you can 'arrange' your company directory.
Two to one
Imagine you have 1 company that uses 2 different cloud services like Google Workspace and Azure AD, and you would like to make employees of both services searchable at one place. Or you have 2 separate daughter companies with both equal or different cloud services and you would like to make employees of both companies searchable at one place.
In this situation, the most suitable option for you, would be to create 2 separate directories inside 1 Federated Directory tenant and provision employees into them.
As soon as both directories are filled with employees, they can login to Federated Directory and start search each other.
For more information :
- About directories refer to here.
- About provisioning from Google Workspace refer to here.
- About provisioning from Azure AD refer to here.
Federate with other companies using groups
If you want to search for a contacts from another company, you need to be federated with that company. Federating with other company happens by creating or joining a group that is available to all participants within different companies. More information about groups can be found here.Here are 4 steps to create a federation with other company:
- Ensure that your partner company has a Federated Directory account
- Create a new group
- If you want some employees of your company to be visible to other party too, add them to this group using Smart Filter or by adding them manually
- Invite employees of other party to the same group
You can skip step 2 and use the existing default group; however, you should bear in mind that the default group created during sign up process includes all the employees from your directories created inside Federated Directory
Search across companies
You and your employees are now able to search for your company's contact directory and of the other companies, you are federated with. This can be done, through our web based application or through installing Microsoft Outlook Add-in in your local account or organization wide.