Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on integration with Cloud Academy - SSO

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

  • Use Azure AD to control who can access Cloud Academy - SSO.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed in to Cloud Academy - SSO with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location: the Azure portal.

To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is single sign-on?.

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.
  • A Cloud Academy - SSO subscription with single sign-on (SSO) enabled.

Tutorial description

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

Cloud Academy - SSO supports SP-initiated SSO.

After you configure Cloud Academy - SSO, you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization's sensitive data in real time. Session controls extend from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.

To configure the integration of Cloud Academy - SSO into Azure AD, you need to add Cloud Academy - SSO from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal with a work or school account or with a personal Microsoft account.
  2. In the left pane, select Azure Active Directory.
  3. Go to Enterprise applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add an application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, enter Cloud Academy - SSO in the search box.
  6. Select Cloud Academy - SSO in the 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 Cloud Academy - SSO

You'll configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cloud Academy - SSO by using a test user named B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the corresponding user in Cloud Academy - SSO.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cloud Academy - SSO, you'll complete these high-level steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use the feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user to test Azure AD single sign-on.
    2. Grant access to the test user to enable the user to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure single sign-on for Cloud Academy - SSO on the application side.
    1. Create a Cloud Academy - SSO test user as a counterpart to the Azure AD representation of the user.
  3. Test SSO to verify that 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 Cloud Academy - SSO application integration page, in the Manage section, 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, select the pencil button for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings:

    Screenshot that shows the pencil button for editing the basic SAML configuration.

  4. In the Basic SAML Configuration section, in the Sign-on URL box, enter https://cloudacademy.com/login/enterprise/.

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, select the copy button to copy the App Federation Metadata Url. Save the URL.

    Screenshot that shows the copy button for the app federation metadata URL.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the left pane of 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, complete these steps:
    1. In the Name box, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name box, enter <username>@<companydomain>.<extension>. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select Show password, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Select Create.

Grant access to the test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting that user access to Cloud Academy - SSO.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select Cloud Academy - SSO.

  3. On the app's overview page, in the Manage section, select Users and groups:

    Screenshot that shows the Users and groups option.

  4. Select Add user, and then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog box:

    Screenshot that shows the Add user button.

  5. In the Users and groups dialog box, select B.Simon in the Users list, and 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 box, select the appropriate role for the user from the list. Click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog box, select Assign.

Configure single sign-on for Cloud Academy

  1. In a different browser window, sign in to your Cloud Academy - SSO company site as administrator.

  2. Select your company's name and then select Settings & Integrations in the menu that appears:

    Screenshot that shows the Settings & Integrations option.

  3. On the Settings & Integrations page, on the Integrations tab, select the SSO card:

    Screenshot that shows the SSO card on the Integrations tab.

  4. Complete the following steps in this page:

    Screenshot that shows the Inegrations > SSO page.

    a. In the Entity ID URL box, enter the entity ID value that you copied from the Azure portal.

    b. In the SSO URL box, paste the login URL value that you copied from the Azure portal.

    c. Open the downloaded Base64 certificate from the Azure portal in Notepad. Paste its contents into the Certificate box.

    d. In the Name ID Format box, keep the default value: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified.

  5. Select Save.

    Note

    For more information on how to configure the Cloud Academy - SSO, see Setting Up Single Sign-On.

Create a Cloud Academy test user

  1. Sign in to Cloud Academy - SSO.

  2. Select your company's name and then select Members in the menu that appears:

    Screenshot that shows the Members option.

  3. Select Invite Members and then select Invite a single Member:

    Screenshot that shows the Invite a single Member option.

  4. Enter values in the required fields and then select Invite:

    Screenshot that shows he Invite a Member dialog box.

Test SSO

You'll now test your Azure AD SSO configuration by using Access Panel.

When you select the Cloud Academy - SSO tile in Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Cloud Academy - SSO instance for which you set up SSO. For more information, see Introduction to Access Panel.

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