Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with BIC Cloud Design

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate BIC Cloud Design with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate BIC Cloud Design with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to BIC Cloud Design.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to BIC Cloud Design with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • BIC Cloud Design single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.


This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • BIC Cloud Design supports SP initiated SSO.

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type BIC Cloud Design in the search box.
  6. Select BIC Cloud Design from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for BIC Cloud Design

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with BIC Cloud Design using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in BIC Cloud Design.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with BIC Cloud Design, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure BIC Cloud Design SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create BIC Cloud Design test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in BIC Cloud Design that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the BIC Cloud Design application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you have Service Provider metadata file, perform the following steps:

    a. Click Upload metadata file.

    Upload metadata file

    b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.

    choose metadata file

    c. After the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier value gets auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section.

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:

    Sign-on URL


    If the Identifier value does not get auto populated, then please fill in the value manually according to your requirement. The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact BIC Cloud Design Client support team to get this value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. BIC Cloud Design 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.


  6. In addition to above, BIC Cloud Design application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    Name user.name
    E-Mail Address user.mail
    Name ID user.userprincipalname
    email user.mail
    nametest user.displayname
  7. 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

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to BIC Cloud Design.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select BIC Cloud Design.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure BIC Cloud Design SSO

To configure single sign-on on BIC Cloud Design side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to BIC Cloud Design support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create BIC Cloud Design test user

In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in BIC Cloud Design. Work with BIC Cloud Design support team to add the users in the BIC Cloud Design platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to BIC Cloud Design Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to BIC Cloud Design Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the BIC Cloud Design tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to BIC Cloud Design Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure the BIC Cloud Design you can enforce session controls, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session controls extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.