Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Benchling

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Benchling supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

  • Benchling supports Just in Time user provisioning

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

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

    Benchling 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 Benchling 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 Benchling needs to be established.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Benchling 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, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    Benchling Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.benchling.com/ext/saml/metadata.xml

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.benchling.com/ext/saml/signin:finish

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Benchling Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.benchling.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Benchling Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. Benchling 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. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.

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  7. In addition to above, Benchling application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:

    Name Source Attribute
    FirstName user.givenname
    LastName user.surname
    Email user.mail

    a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.

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    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. Leave the Namespace blank.

    d. Select Source as Attribute.

    e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    f. Click Ok

    g. Click Save.

  8. 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 Benchling Single Sign-On

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

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Benchling.

    The Benchling 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 Benchling test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Benchling. Benchling 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 Benchling, a new one is created after authentication.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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