Tutorial: Integrate Academy Attendance with Azure Active Directory
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Academy Attendance with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Academy Attendance with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Academy Attendance.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Academy Attendance 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 one-month free trial here.
- Academy Attendance single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Academy Attendance supports SP initiated SSO
- Academy Attendance supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding Academy Attendance from the gallery
To configure the integration of Academy Attendance into Azure AD, you need to add Academy Attendance from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Academy Attendance in the search box.
- Select Academy Attendance 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 Academy Attendance 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 Academy Attendance.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Academy Attendance, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Academy Attendance SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B. Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B. Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create Academy Attendance test user - to have a counterpart of B. Simon in Academy Attendance that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Academy Attendance application integration page, find the Manage section and select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click the edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact Academy Attendance 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.
The Academy Attendance application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on the application integration page. The following screenshot shows how to configure the assertions:
Academy Attendance supports two roles for users: Lecturer and Student. Set up these roles in Azure AD so that users can be assigned the appropriate roles. Please refer to this doc which explains how to create custom roles in Azure AD.
In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, edit the claims by using Edit icon or add the claims by using Add new claim to configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:
Name Source Attribute role user.assignedroles
a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
c. Leave the Namespace blank.
d. Select Source as Attribute.
e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.
f. Click Ok
g. Click Save.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Academy Attendance section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Configure Academy Attendance SSO
To configure single sign-on on Academy Attendance side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Academy Attendance support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the firstname.lastname@example.org. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Academy Attendance.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Academy Attendance.
In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
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.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Create Academy Attendance test user
In this section, a user called B. Simon is created in Academy Attendance. Academy Attendance 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 Academy Attendance, a new one is created after authentication.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Academy Attendance tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Academy Attendance for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.