Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Collaborative Innovation

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Collaborative Innovation with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Collaborative Innovation with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Collaborative Innovation
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Collaborative Innovation (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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Collaborative Innovation, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Collaborative Innovation single-sign on enabled subscription

Note

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 here.

Scenario description

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:

  1. Adding Collaborative Innovation from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Collaborative Innovation into Azure AD, you need to add Collaborative Innovation from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Collaborative Innovation from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Collaborative Innovation.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Collaborative Innovation, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Collaborative Innovation based on a test user called "Britta Simon."

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Collaborative Innovation is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Collaborative Innovation needs to be established.

In Collaborative Innovation, 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 Collaborative Innovation, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a Collaborative Innovation test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Collaborative Innovation that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configuring 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 Collaborative Innovation application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Collaborative Innovation, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Collaborative Innovation application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Collaborative Innovation Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<instancename>.foundry.<companyname>.com/

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<instancename>.foundry.<companyname>.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Identifier. Contact Collaborative Innovation Client support team to get these values.

  4. Collaborative Innovation application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Please configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the "User Attributes" section on application integration page. The following screenshot shows an example for this.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click View and edit all other user attributes checkbox in the User Attributes section to expand the attributes. Perform the following steps on each of the displayed attributes-

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    givenname user.givenname
    surname user.surname
    emailaddress user.userprincipalname
    name user.userprincipalname

    a. Click the attribute to open the Edit Attribute window.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. Delete the URL value from the Namespace.

    c. Click Ok to save the setting.

  6. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. To configure single sign-on on Collaborative Innovation side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML to Collaborative Innovation support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    d. Click Create.

Creating a Collaborative Innovation test user

To enable Azure AD users to log in to Collaborative Innovation, they must be provisioned into Collaborative Innovation.

In case of this application provisioning is automatic as the application supports just in time user provisioning. So there is no need to perform any steps here.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Collaborative Innovation.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Collaborative Innovation, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Collaborative Innovation.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Testing single sign-on

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

When you click the Collaborative Innovation tile in the Access Panel, you should get login page of Collaborative Innovation application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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