Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Kanbanize

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Kanbanize with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Kanbanize with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Kanbanize.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Kanbanize with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • Kanbanize single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Kanbanize supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • Kanbanize supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Kanbanize in the search box.
  6. Select Kanbanize from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for Kanbanize

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Kanbanize using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Kanbanize.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Kanbanize, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Kanbanize SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Kanbanize test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Kanbanize that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Kanbanize application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.kanbanize.com/

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.kanbanize.com/saml/acs

    c. Click Set additional URLs.

    d. In the Relay State textbox, type a URL: /ctrl_login/saml_login

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.kanbanize.com


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Kanbanize Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. Kanbanize application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. Kanbanize application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.


  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up Kanbanize section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Kanbanize.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select Kanbanize.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add User link

  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Kanbanize SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within Kanbanize, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Set up Kanbanize will direct you to the Kanbanize application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Kanbanize. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-7.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to setup Kanbanize manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Kanbanize company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. Go to top right of the page, click on Settings logo.

    Kanbanize settings

  5. On the Administration panel page from the left side of menu click Integrations and then enable Single Sign-On.

    Kanbanize integrations

  6. Under Integrations section, click on CONFIGURE to open Single Sign-On Integration page.

    Kanbanize config

  7. On the Single Sign-On Integration page under Configurations, perform the following steps:

    Kanbanize integrations

    a. In the Idp Entity ID textbox, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    b. In the Idp Login Endpoint textbox, paste the value of Login URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. In the Idp Logout Endpoint textbox, paste the value of Logout URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    d. In Attribute name for Email textbox, enter this value http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/emailaddress

    e. In Attribute name for First Name textbox, enter this value http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/givenname

    f. In Attribute name for Last Name textbox, enter this value http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/surname


    You can get these values by combining namespace and name values of the respective attribute from the User attributes section in Azure portal.

    g. In Notepad, open the base-64 encoded certificate that you downloaded from the Azure portal, copy its content (without the start and end markers), and then paste it into the Idp X.509 Certificate box.

    h. Check Enable login with both SSO and Kanbanize.

    i. Click Save Settings.

Create Kanbanize test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Kanbanize. Kanbanize supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Kanbanize, a new one is created after authentication. If you need to create a user manually, contact Kanbanize Client support team.

Test SSO

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

When you click the Kanbanize tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Kanbanize for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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