Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with AirStack

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

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to AirStack.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to AirStack (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 AirStack, 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
  • AirStack single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

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

  • AirStack supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

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

To add AirStack 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 AirStack, select AirStack from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    AirStack 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 AirStack 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 AirStack needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with AirStack, 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 AirStack 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 AirStack test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in AirStack 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 AirStack, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the AirStack 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, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

    AirStack Domain and URLs single sign-on information

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

    AirStack Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL: https://airstack.lenovosoftware.com

  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 AirStack Single Sign-On

To configure single sign-on on AirStack side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to AirStack support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

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 AirStack.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select AirStack.

    The AirStack 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 AirStack test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in AirStack. Work with AirStack support team to add the users in the AirStack platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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