Tutorial: Integrate Cognidox with Azure Active Directory

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Cognidox.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Cognidox 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 application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

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.
  • Cognidox single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Cognidox supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • Cognidox supports Just In Time user provisioning

To configure the integration of Cognidox into Azure AD, you need to add Cognidox 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 Cognidox in the search box.
  6. Select Cognidox 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 single sign-on

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cognidox 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 Cognidox.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cognidox, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Cognidox SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Cognidox test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Cognidox that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Cognidox 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: urn:net.cdox.<YOURCOMPANY>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<YOURCOMPANY>.cdox.net/auth/postResponse

  5. 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: https://<YOURCOMPANY>.cdox.net/

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Cognidox 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. Cognidox 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. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.

    image

  7. In addition to above, Cognidox application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:

    Name Namespace Transformation Parameter 1
    wanshort http://appinux.com/windowsaccountname2 ExtractMailPrefix() user.userprincipalname

    a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.

    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. In the Namespace textbox, type the namespace shown for that row.

    d. Select Source as Transformation.

    e. From the Transformation list, type the value shown for that row.

    f. From the Parameter 1 list, type the value shown for that row.

    g. Click Save.

  8. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  9. On the Set up Cognidox section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Configure Cognidox SSO

To configure single sign-on on Cognidox side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Cognidox support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

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 Cognidox.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Cognidox.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

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

    The Add User link

  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.

Create Cognidox test user

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

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Cognidox tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Cognidox for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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