Tutorial: Integrate Abstract with Azure Active Directory

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Abstract.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Abstract 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.

Prerequisites

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.
  • Abstract single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Abstract supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Abstract into Azure AD, you need to add Abstract 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 Abstract in the search box.
  6. Select Abstract 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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Abstract 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 Abstract.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Abstract SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Abstract test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Abstract that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Abstract 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 the application is pre-configured in IDP initiated mode and the necessary URLs are already pre-populated with Azure. The user needs to save the configuration by clicking the Save button.

  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: https://app.abstract.com/signin

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

Configure Abstract SSO

Make sure to retrieve your App Federation Metadata Url and the Azure AD Identifier from the Azure portal, as you will need those to configure SSO on Abstract.

You will find those information on the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page:

  • The App Federation Metadata Url is located in the SAML Signing Certificate section.
  • The Azure AD Identifier is located in the Set up Abstract section.

You are now ready to configure SSO on Abstract:

Note

You will need to authenticate with an organization Admin account to access the SSO settings on Abstract.

  1. Open the Abstract web app.
  2. Go to the Permissions page in the left side bar.
  3. In the Configure SSO section, enter your Metadata URL and Entity ID.
  4. Enter any manual exceptions you might have. Emails listed in the manual exceptions section will bypass SSO and be able to log in with email and password.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Note

You’ll need to use primary email addresses in the manual exceptions list. SSO activation will fail if the email you list is a user’s secondary email. If that happens, you’ll see an error message with the primary email for the failing account. Add that primary email to the manual exceptions list after you’ve verified you know the user.

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 Abstract.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Abstract.

  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.

Create Abstract test user

To test SSO on Abstract:

  1. Open the Abstract web app.
  2. Go to the Permissions page in the left side bar.
  3. Click Test with my Account. If the test fails, please contact our support team.

Note

You will need to authenticate with an organization Admin account to access the SSO settings on Abstract. This organization Admin account will need to be assigned to Abstract on the Azure portal.

Test SSO

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

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

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