Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Adobe Experience Manager

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Adobe Experience Manager with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Adobe Experience Manager with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Adobe Experience Manager.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Adobe Experience Manager (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Adobe Experience Manager, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
  • Adobe Experience Manager single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

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

  • Adobe Experience Manager supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

  • Adobe Experience Manager supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

To add Adobe Experience Manager 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 and then select the All Applications option.

    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 Adobe Experience Manager, select Adobe Experience Manager from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Adobe Experience Manager 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 [Application name] based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in [Application name] needs to be established.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Adobe Experience Manager Single Sign-On - 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 Adobe Experience Manager test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Adobe Experience Manager that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with [Application name], perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Adobe Experience Manager application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

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

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, If you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    Adobe Experience Manager Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a unique value that you define on your AEM server as well.

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<AEM Server Url>/saml_login

    Note

    The Reply URL value is not real. Update Reply URL value with the actual reply URL. To get this value, contact the Adobe Experience Manager Client support team to get this value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Adobe Experience Manager Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type your Adobe Experience Manager server URL.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Adobe Experience Manager section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Adobe Experience Manager Single Sign-On

  1. In another browser window, open the Adobe Experience Manager admin portal.

  2. Select Settings > Security > Users.

    Configure the single sign-on save button

  3. Select Administrator or any other relevant user.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  4. Select Account settings > Manage TrustStore.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  5. Under Add Certificate from CER file, click Select Certificate File. Browse to and select the certificate file, which you already downloaded from the Azure portal.

    Configure single sign-on save button

  6. The certificate is added to the TrustStore. Note the alias of the certificate.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  7. On the Users page, select authentication-service.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  8. Select Account settings > Create/Manage KeyStore. Create KeyStore by supplying a password.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  9. Go back to the admin screen. Then select Settings > Operations > Web Console.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

    This opens the configuration page.

    Configure the single sign-on save button

  10. Find Adobe Granite SAML 2.0 Authentication Handler. Then select the Add icon.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  11. Take the following actions on this page.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

    a. In the Path box, enter /.

    b. In the IDP URL box, enter the Login URL value that you copied from the Azure portal.

    c. In the IDP Certificate Alias box, enter the Certificate Alias value that you added in TrustStore.

    d. In the Security Provided Entity ID box, enter the unique Azure Ad Identifier value that you configured in the Azure portal.

    e. In the Assertion Consumer Service URL box, enter the Reply URL value that you configured in the Azure portal.

    f. In the Password of Key Store box, enter the Password that you set in KeyStore.

    g. In the User Attribute ID box, enter the Name ID or another user ID that's relevant in your case.

    h. Select Autocreate CRX Users.

    i. In the Logout URL box, enter the unique Logout URL value that you got from the Azure portal.

    j. Select Save.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

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

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com

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

    d. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Adobe Experience Manager.

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Adobe Experience Manager.

    The Adobe Experience Manager link in the Applications list

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

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Adobe Experience Manager test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Adobe Experience Manager. If you selected the Autocreate CRX Users option, users are created automatically after successful authentication.

If you want to create users manually, work with the Adobe Experience Manager support team to add the users in the Adobe Experience Manager platform.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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