Add a generic header application

The purpose of this tutorial is to step through the process of setting up a header application through the Access Gateway Admin Console.


Header Architecture
  1. User signs in to Okta.
  2. Okta send user identity SAML to Access Gateway.
  3. Access Gateway adds required application attributes to header and forwards request to back end application.
  4. Application performs request and returns results to Access Gateway.
  5. Access Gateway performs rewrites and returns request to user.
For more details on the header application reference architecture see Header reference architecture.

Before you begin

Ensure that:

  • You have administrator rights on your Okta tenant and can assign applications to users and create groups.
  • Appropriate DNS entries for both the header application and the external exposed new URL exist.
    For example:
    https://ext-header.example.comLegacy application URL.
    Referenced by the end user.
    https://int-header.example.comProtected Web resource URL.  
    Referenced by Access Gateway.


Typical workflow



Create a containing group
  • Best practice, create an optional group to be assigned to the application.
Create header application
  • Create a header application which defaults to the shared common back end.
Assign Certificate
  • [Optional] Continue the app creation process by assigning an optional certificate to the application.
Add additional attributes
  • [Optional] Add additional attributes to the application.
Add access policy
  • [Optional] Add access control policy.
Test the application
  • Test the application.
  • When required troubleshoot the integration.

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