Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Evernote

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Evernote with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Evernote with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Evernote.
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Evernote (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Evernote, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • An Evernote single sign-on enabled subscription
Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Evernote from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Evernote into Azure AD, you need to add Evernote from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Evernote from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Evernote, select Evernote from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Evernote in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Evernote is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Evernote needs to be established.

In Evernote, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create an Evernote test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Evernote that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Evernote application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Evernote application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Evernote Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode:

    Evernote Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Identifier textbox, type the URL: https://www.evernote.com/saml2

  4. Check Show advanced URL settings and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Evernote Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign on URL textbox, type the URL: https://www.evernote.com/Login.action

  5. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  7. On the Evernote Configuration section, click Configure Evernote to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Evernote Configuration

  8. In a different web browser window, log into your Evernote company site as an administrator.

  9. Go to 'Admin Console'

    Admin-Console

  10. From the 'Admin Console', go to ‘Security’ and select ‘Single Sign-On’

    SSO-Setting

  11. Configure the following values:

    Certificate-Setting

    a. Enable SSO: SSO is enabled by default (Click Disable Single Sign-on to remove the SSO requirement)

    b. Paste SAML Single sign-on Service URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the SAML HTTP Request URL textbox.

    c. Open the downloaded certificate from Azure AD in a notepad and copy the content including "BEGIN CERTIFICATE" and "END CERTIFICATE" and paste it into the X.509 Certificate textbox.

    d.Click Save Changes

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create an Evernote test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Evernote, they must be provisioned into Evernote.
In the case of Evernote, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user accounts, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Evernote company site as an administrator.

  2. Click the 'Admin Console'.

    Admin-Console

  3. From the 'Admin Console', go to ‘Add users’.

    Add-testUser

  4. Add team members in the Email textbox, type the email address of user account and click Invite.

    Add-testUser

  5. After invitation is sent, the Azure Active Directory account holder will receive an email to accept the invitation.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Evernote.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Evernote, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Evernote.

    The Evernote link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Evernote tile in the Access Panel, you should get signed-on to your Evernote application. You'll be logging in as an Organization account but then need to log in with your personal account.

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