Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Absorb LMS

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

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

Prerequisites

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

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
  • Absorb LMS single sign-on enabled subscription.

Note

This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Absorb LMS supports IDP initiated SSO

Note

Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of Absorb LMS into Azure AD, you need to add Absorb LMS 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 Absorb LMS in the search box.
  6. Select Absorb LMS 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 SSO for Absorb LMS

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Absorb LMS 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 Absorb LMS.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Absorb LMS, perform the following steps:

  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 Absorb LMS SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Absorb LMS test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Absorb LMS 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 Absorb LMS 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 pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit button to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    If you are using Absorb 5 - UI use the following configuration:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.myabsorb.com/account/saml

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.myabsorb.com/account/saml

    If you are using Absorb 5 - New Learner Experience use the following configuration:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.myabsorb.com/api/rest/v2/authentication/saml

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: : https://<SUBDOMAIN>.myabsorb.com/api/rest/v2/authentication/saml

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Absorb LMS 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.

  5. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname.

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  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Absorb LMS section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per 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 Absorb LMS.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Absorb LMS.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  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 are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Absorb LMS SSO

  1. In a new web browser window, sign in to your Absorb LMS company site as an administrator.

  2. Select the Account button at the top right.

    The Account button

  3. In the Account pane, select Portal Settings.

    The Portal Settings link

  4. Select the Manage SSO Settings tab.

    The Users tab

  5. On the Manage Single Sign-On Settings page, do the following:

    The single sign-on configuration page

    a. In the Name textbox, enter the name like Azure AD Marketplace SSO.

    b. Select SAML as a Method.

    c. In Notepad, open the certificate that you downloaded from the Azure portal. Remove the ---BEGIN CERTIFICATE--- and ---END CERTIFICATE--- tags. Then, in the Key box, paste the remaining content.

    d. In the Mode box, select Identity Provider Initiated.

    e. In the Id Property box, select the attribute that you configured as the user identifier in Azure AD. For example, if nameidentifier is selected in Azure AD, select Username.

    f. Select Sha256 as a Signature Type.

    g. In the Login URL box, paste the User Access URL from the application's Properties page of the Azure portal.

    h. In the Logout URL, paste the Sign-Out URL value that you copied from the Configure sign-on window of the Azure portal.

    i. Toggle Automatically Redirect to On.

  6. Select Save.

    The Only Allow SSO Login toggle

Create Absorb LMS test user

For Azure AD users to sign in to Absorb LMS, they must be set up in Absorb LMS. In the case of Absorb LMS, provisioning is a manual task.

To configure user provisioning, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your Absorb LMS company site as an administrator.

  2. In the Users pane, select Users.

    The Users link

  3. Select User tab.

    The Add New drop-down list

  4. On the Add User page, do the following:

    The Add User page

    a. In the First Name box, type the first name, such as Britta.

    b. In the Last Name box, type the last name, such as Simon.

    c. In the Username box, type a full name, such as Britta Simon.

    d. In the Password box, type user password.

    e. In the Confirm Password box, retype the password.

    f. Set the Is Active toggle to Active.

  5. Select Save.

    The Only Allow SSO Login toggle

    Note

    By Default, User Provisioning is not enabled in SSO. If the customer wants to enable this feature, they have to set it up as mentioned in this documentation. Also please note that User Provisioing is only available on Absorb 5 - New Learner Experience with ACS URL-https://company.myabsorb.com/api/rest/v2/authentication/saml

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Absorb LMS for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Absorb LMS tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Absorb LMS for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Absorb LMS you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.