Tutorial: Integrate Continuity Control with Azure Active Directory

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

  • Manage in Azure AD who has access to Control.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Control 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 one-month free trial here.
  • A Control single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment. Control supports SP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Control into Azure AD, you need to add Control 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 Control in the search box.
  6. Select Control 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 Control using a test user called Britta Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Control.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Control 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 Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Control test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Control 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 Control 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 page, enter the values for the following field:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.continuity.net/auth/saml

    Note

    The value is not real. Update the value with the correct subdomain. Your SSO subdomain can be configured at Control Authentication Strategies. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.

    Edit SAML Signing Certificate

  6. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint and save it on your computer.

    Copy Thumbprint value

  7. On the Set up Control section, copy the Login URL and save it on your computer.

    Copy configuration URLs

Configure Control SSO

To configure single sign-on on the Control side, you need to update the single sign-on authentication settings at Control Authentication Strategies. Update SAML SSO URL with the Login URL and Certificate Fingerprint with the Thumbprint value from the Azure portal.

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta 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 Britta Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, BrittaSimon@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 Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Control.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Control.

  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 Britta 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 Control test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Control. Work with Control support team to add the users in the Control platform. Use Britta Simon's Azure AD User name to populate her Identity Provider User ID in Control. Users must be created, and their Identity Provider User ID set, in Control before they can use single sign-on.

Test SSO

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

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