Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Accredible

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Accredible with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Accredible with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Accredible.
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Accredible (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • An Accredible single sign-on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Accredible from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add Accredible from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Accredible, select Accredible from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Accredible in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Accredible based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Accredible is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Accredible needs to be established.

In Accredible, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Accredible, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create an Accredible test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Accredible that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Accredible application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Accredible, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Accredible application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Accredible Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Accredible Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL:

    https://api.accredible.com/sp/admin/accredible
    https://api.accredible.com/sp/user/accredible

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://api.accredible.com/v1/saml/admin/<Unique id>/consume

    Note

    The Reply URL value is not real. According to the role of user, use the identifier value respectively. Each customer has a unique Reply URL depending on their ID. Contact Accredible support team to get these values.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  6. To configure single sign-on on Accredible side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML to Accredible support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create an Accredible test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Accredible. You need to send the user's emailid to Accredible support team, then they verify the email and send you the invite mail so that you can add user in accredible platform.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Accredible.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Accredible, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Accredible.

    The Accredible link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Test single sign-on

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

When you click the Accredible tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Accredible application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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