Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with ARES for Enterprise

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • ARES for Enterprise supports SP initiated SSO

  • ARES for Enterprise supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

To add ARES for Enterprise 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 ARES for Enterprise, select ARES for Enterprise from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    ARES for Enterprise 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 ARES for Enterprise 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 ARES for Enterprise needs to be established.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the ARES for Enterprise 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, perform the following step:

    ARES for Enterprise Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL: https://login.graebert.com

  5. 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 ARES for Enterprise Single Sign-On

To configure single sign-on on ARES for Enterprise side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to ARES for Enterprise 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 ARES for Enterprise.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select ARES for Enterprise.

    The ARES for Enterprise 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 ARES for Enterprise test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in ARES for Enterprise. ARES for Enterprise supports just-in-time provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in ARES for Enterprise, a new one is created when you attempt to access ARES for Enterprise.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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