Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with AppBlade

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

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

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to AppBlade
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to AppBlade (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 AppBlade, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • An AppBlade 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 here.

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 AppBlade from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

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

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

    Active Directory

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

    Applications

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

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type AppBlade.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select AppBlade, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

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

In AppBlade, 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 AppBlade, you need to complete the following building blocks:

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

Configuring 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 AppBlade application.

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.appblade.com/saml/<tenantid>

    Note

    This value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact AppBlade Client support team to get the value.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. To configure single sign-on on AppBlade side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML to AppBlade support team. Also, please ask them to configure the SSO Issuer URL as https://appblade.com/saml. This setting is required for single sign-on to work.

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

Creating an Azure AD test user

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

Create Azure AD User

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

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    d. Click Create.

Creating an AppBlade test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in AppBlade. AppBlade supports just-in-time provisioning, which is by default enabled. Make sure that your domain name is configured with AppBlade for user provisioning. After that only the just-in-time user provisioning works.

If the user has an email address ending with the domain configured by AppBlade for your account, then the user will automatically join the account as a member with the permission level you specify, which is one of "Basic" (a basic user who can only install applications), "Team Member" (a user who can upload new app versions and manage projects), or "Administrator" (full admin privileges to the account). Normally one would choose Basic and then promote users manually via an Admin login (AppBlade needs to configure either an email-based admin login in advance or promote a user on behalf of the customer after login).

There is no action item for you in this section. A new user is created during an attempt to access AppBlade if it doesn't exist yet.

Note

If you need to create a user manually, you need to contact the AppBlade support team.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to AppBlade, 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 AppBlade.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Assign User

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

    Assign User

  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.

Testing single sign-on

The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the AppBlade tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your AppBlade application.

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