Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Benefitsolver

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Benefitsolver with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Benefitsolver with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Benefitsolver 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:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.

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 Benefitsolver from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add Benefitsolver 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. Then go to All applications.

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

    Benefitsolver 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 Benefitsolver based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In Benefitsolver, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Benefitsolver, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create a Benefitsolver test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Benefitsolver that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 and configure single sign-on in your Benefitsolver application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Benefitsolver, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Benefitsolver application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

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

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Benefitsolver Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Benefitsolver Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: http://<companyname>.benefitsolver.com

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.benefitsolver.com/saml20

    c. In the Reply URL textbox, type the URL: https://www.benefitsolver.com/benefits/BenefitSolverView?page_name=single_signon_saml

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL,Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Benefitsolver Client support team to get these values.

  4. Your Benefitsolver application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your saml token attributes configuration.

    Benefitsolver attribute section

  5. In the User Attributes section on the Single sign-on dialog, configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image and perform the following steps:

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    ClientID You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team.
    ClientKey You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team.
    LogoutURL You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team.
    EmployeeID You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team.

    a. Click Add attribute to open the Add Attribute dialog.

    Benefitsolver attribute section

    Benefitsolver attribute section

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

    c. From the Value list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    d. Click Ok.

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

    The Certificate download link

  7. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  8. To configure single sign-on on Benefitsolver side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML to Benefitsolver support team.

    Note

    Your Benefitsolver support team has to do the actual SSO configuration. You will get a notification when SSO has been enabled for your subscription.

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 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

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

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

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create a Benefitsolver test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Benefitsolver, they must be provisioned into Benefitsolver. In the case of Benefitsolver, employee data is in your application populated through a Census file from your HRIS system (typically nightly).

Note

You can use any other Benefitsolver user account creation tools or APIs provided by Benefitsolver to provision AAD user accounts.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Benefitsolver.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Benefitsolver, 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 Benefitsolver.

    The Benefitsolver link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  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.

Test single sign-on

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

When you click the Benefitsolver tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Benefitsolver application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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