Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Bambu by Sprout Social

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Bambu by Sprout Social with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Bambu by Sprout Social with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Bambu by Sprout Social 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:

  • You should not use your production environment, unless this is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get an 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 Bambu by Sprout Social from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add Bambu by Sprout Social 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. Click New application button on the top of the dialog to add new application.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Bambu by Sprout Social.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Bambu by Sprout Social, 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 Bambu by Sprout Social based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

This link relationship is established by assigning the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username in Bambu by Sprout Social.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Bambu by Sprout Social, 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 a Bambu by Sprout Social test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Bambu by Sprout Social that is linked to the Azure AD representation of her.
  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 Bambu by Sprout Social application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Bambu by Sprout Social, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Bambu by Sprout Social application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Bambu by Sprout Social Domain and URLs section, the user does not have to perform any steps as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the Bambu by Sprout Social Configuration section, click Configure Bambu by Sprout Social to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. To configure single sign-on on Bambu by Sprout Social side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL to Bambu by Sprout Social support. They will set this up in order to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

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 on 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. Go to Users and groups and click All users to display the list of users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. At the top of the dialog click Add to open the User 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 Britta Simon.

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

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

    d. Click Create.

Creating a Bambu by Sprout Social test user

Application supports Just in time user provisioning and after authentication users will be created in the application automatically.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting her access to Bambu by Sprout Social.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Bambu by Sprout Social, 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 Bambu by Sprout Social.

    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

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

When you click the Bambu by Sprout Social tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Bambu by Sprout Social application. For more details about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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