Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Asana

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

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

Scenario description

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

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

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

    Asana 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 Asana 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 Asana needs to be established.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Asana 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 steps:

    Asana Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type URL: https://app.asana.com/

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type URL: https://app.asana.com/

  5. 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

  6. On the Set up Asana section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Asana Single Sign-On

  1. In a different browser window, sign-on to your Asana application. To configure SSO in Asana, access the workspace settings by clicking the workspace name on the top right corner of the screen. Then, click on <your workspace name> Settings.

    Asana sso settings

  2. On the Organization settings window, click Administration. Then, click Members must log in via SAML to enable the SSO configuration. The perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On Organization settings

    a. In the Sign-in page URL textbox, paste the Login URL.

    b. Right click the certificate downloaded from Azure portal, then open the certificate file using Notepad or your preferred text editor. Copy the content between the begin and the end certificate title and paste it in the X.509 Certificate textbox.

  3. Click Save. Go to Asana guide for setting up SSO if you need further assistance.

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 Asana.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Asana.

    The Asana 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 Asana test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Asana. Asana supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

If you need to create user manually, please perform following steps:

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Asana.

  1. On Asana, go to the Teams section on the left panel. Click the plus sign button.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. Type the email of the user like britta.simon@contoso.com in the text box and then select Invite.

  3. Click Send Invite. The new user will receive an email into their email account. user will need to create and validate the account.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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