Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Brightidea
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Brightidea with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Brightidea with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Brightidea.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Brightidea (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Brightidea, 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
- Brightidea single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- Brightidea supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
- Brightidea supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding Brightidea from the gallery
To configure the integration of Brightidea into Azure AD, you need to add Brightidea from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Brightidea from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Brightidea, select Brightidea from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Brightidea 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 Brightidea needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Brightidea, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Brightidea Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create Brightidea test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Brightidea that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- 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 Brightidea, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Brightidea application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you have Service Provider metadata file and wish to configure in IDP intiated mode perform the following steps:
a. Click Upload metadata file.
b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.
c. After the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Brightidea section textbox:
If the Identifier and Reply URL values do not get auto polulated, then fill in the values manually according to your requirement.
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
On the Set-up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Brightidea section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure Ad Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure Brightidea Single Sign-On
In a different web browser window, sign in to Brightidea using the administrator credentials.
To get to the SSO feature in your Brightidea system, navigate to Enterprise Setup -> Authentication Tab. There you will see two sub tabs: Auth Selection & SAML Profiles.
Select Auth Selection. By default, it only shows two standard methods: Brightidea Login & Registration. When an SSO method added, it will show up in the list.
Select SAML Profiles and perform the following steps:
a. Click on the Download Metadata and upload at the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
b. Click on the Add New button under the Identity Provider Setting and perform the following steps:
Enter the SAML Profile Name like e.g
Azure Ad SSO
For Upload Metadata, click choose file and upload the downloaded metadata file from the Azure portal.
After uploading the metadata file, the remaining fields Single Sign-on Service, Identity Provider Issuer, Upload Public Key will populate automatically.
In the Email textbox, enter the value as
In the Screen Name textbox, enter the value as
Click Save Changes.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field, enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field, type firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Brightidea.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Brightidea.
In the applications list, select Brightidea.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
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.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Create Brightidea test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Brightidea. Brightidea 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 Brightidea, 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 Brightidea tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Brightidea for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.