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.

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 SSO for Abstract

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, 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 Abstract SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Abstract test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Abstract 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 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 pencil 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 the 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

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.
  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 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 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 with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Abstract Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Abstract Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

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

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Abstract tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Abstract 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 Abstract 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 Defender for Cloud Apps.