Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Clever
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Clever with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Clever with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Clever.
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Clever (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Clever, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Clever single sign-on enabled subscription
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.
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:
- Adding Clever from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Clever from the gallery
To configure the integration of Clever into Azure AD, you need to add Clever from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Clever 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. Then go to All applications.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Clever, select Clever 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 Clever based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Clever is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Clever needs to be established.
In Clever, 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 Clever, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Create a Clever test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Clever that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 Clever application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Clever, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Clever application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the Clever Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier textbox, type the URL:
Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Clever Client support team to get this value.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click the copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and paste it into Notepad.
The Clever 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 an example for this.
In the User Attributes section on the Single sign-on dialog, configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:
Attribute Name Attribute Value clever.teacher.credentials.district_username user.userprincipalname clever.student.credentials.district_username user.userprincipalname Firstname user.givenname Lastname user.surname
a. Click Add attribute to open the Add Attribute dialog.
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. Leave the Namespace textbox blank.
d. Click Ok.
Click Save button.
In a different web browser window, log in to your Clever company site as an administrator.
In the toolbar, click Instant Login.
Before you can Test single sign-on, You have to contact Clever Client support team to enable Office 365 SSO in the back end.
On the Instant Login page, perform the following steps:
a. Type the Login URL.
The Login URL is a custom value. Contact Clever Client support team to get this value.
b. As Identity System, select ADFS.
c. In the Metadata URL textbox, paste App Federation Metadata Url value which you have copied from the Azure portal.
d. Click Save.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.
To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.
In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:
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 Clever test user
To enable Azure AD users to log in to Clever, they must be provisioned into Clever.
In case of Clever, Work with Clever Client support team to add the users in the Clever platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
You can use any other Clever user account creation tools or APIs provided by Clever to provision Azure AD 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 Clever.
To assign Britta Simon to Clever, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select Clever.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
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 Clever tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Clever application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.