Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with AppNeta Performance Manager

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate AppNeta Performance Manager with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate AppNeta Performance Manager with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to AppNeta Performance Manager.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to AppNeta Performance Manager with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • AppNeta Performance Manager single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • AppNeta Performance Manager supports SP initiated SSO
  • AppNeta Performance Manager supports Just In Time user provisioning

Note

Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type AppNeta Performance Manager in the search box.
  6. Select AppNeta Performance Manager 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 SSO for AppNeta Performance Manager

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with AppNeta Performance Manager 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 AppNeta Performance Manager.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with AppNeta Performance Manager, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure AppNeta Performance Manager SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create AppNeta Performance Manager test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in AppNeta Performance Manager that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the AppNeta Performance Manager application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. 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: https://<subdomain>.pm.appneta.com

    b. In the Reply URL (Assertion Consumer Service URL) field, enter: https://sso.connect.pingidentity.com/sso/sp/ACS.saml2

    Note

    The Sign-on URL value above is an example. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact AppNeta Performance Manager customer 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. AppNeta Performance Manager application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes:

    Screenshot that shows the default attributes for a SAML token.

  6. In addition to above, the AppNeta Performance Manager application expects a few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response, which are shown below. These attributes are also prepopulated, but you can review them as per your requirement.

    Name Source attribute
    firstName user.givenname
    lastName user.surname
    email user.userprincipalname
    name user.userprincipalname
    groups user.assignedroles
    phone user.telephonenumber
    title user.jobtitle
  7. To properly pass along your "groups" SAML assertions, you need to configure app roles and set the value to match the role mappings that are set within AppNeta Performance Manager. Under Azure Active Directory > App registrations > All applications, select Appneta Performance Manager .

  8. Click App roles in the left pane.

  9. Click Create App role.

  10. On the Create app role pane, complete these steps:

    1. In Display name, enter a name for the role.
    2. In Allowed member types, select Users/Groups.
    3. In Value, enter the value of the security group set in your AppNeta Performance Manager role mappings.
    4. In Description, enter a description for the role.
    5. Click Apply.
  11. After you create the roles, you need to map the roles to your users and groups. Go to Azure Active Directory > Enterprise Applications > Appneta Performance Manger > Users and groups.

  12. Select a user or group, and then assign the relevant app role for the user or group.

  13. After you map the app roles, go to Azure Active Directory > Enterprise Applications > Appneta Performance Manager > Single sign-on.

  14. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML pane, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to AppNeta Performance Manager.

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

  2. In the applications list, select AppNeta Performance Manager.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

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

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

  6. If you have set up the roles as explained in the above, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown.

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

    Note

    In practice, you’ll add groups to the application rather than individual users.

Configure AppNeta Performance Manager SSO

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

Create AppNeta Performance Manager test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in AppNeta Performance Manager. AppNeta Performance Manager 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 AppNeta Performance Manager, a new one is created after authentication.

Note

If you need to create a user manually, contact AppNeta Performance Manager support team.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • In the Azure portal, select Test this application. This will redirect to AppNeta Performance Manager Sign-on URL, where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to AppNeta Performance Manager Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the AppNeta Performance Manager tile in the My Apps portal, this will redirect to AppNeta Performance Manager Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps portal, see Introduction to My Apps.

Next steps

After you configure AppNeta Performance Manager, you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.