Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Chronus SAML

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

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

Prerequisites

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.
  • Chronus SAML single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
  • Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.

Scenario description

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

  • Chronus SAML supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
  • Chronus SAML supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of Chronus SAML into Azure AD, you need to add Chronus SAML 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 Chronus SAML in the search box.
  6. Select Chronus SAML 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 Chronus SAML

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Chronus SAML 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 Chronus SAML.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Chronus SAML, 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 Chronus SAML SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Chronus SAML test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Chronus SAML 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 Chronus SAML 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.

    Screenshot shows to edit Basic SAML Configuration.

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a value using the following pattern: <CustomerName>.domain.extension

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CustomerName>.domain.extension/session

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following steps 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: https://<CustomerName>.domain.extension/session

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Chronus SAML 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. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

  7. On the Set up Chronus SAML section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Screenshot shows to copy configuration appropriate U R L's.

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 Chronus SAML.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Chronus SAML.
  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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Chronus SAML SSO

To configure single sign-on on Chronus SAML side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Chronus SAML support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Chronus SAML test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Chronus SAML. Chronus SAML 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 Chronus SAML, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

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

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Chronus SAML Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Chronus SAML Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Chronus SAML for which you set up the SSO.

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Chronus SAML tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign-on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Chronus SAML for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Chronus SAML you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.