Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Cornerstone OnDemand
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Cornerstone OnDemand with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Cornerstone OnDemand with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Cornerstone OnDemand
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Cornerstone OnDemand (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 Cornerstone OnDemand, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Cornerstone OnDemand 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 here.
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 Cornerstone OnDemand from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Cornerstone OnDemand from the gallery
To configure the integration of Cornerstone OnDemand into Azure AD, you need to add Cornerstone OnDemand from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Cornerstone OnDemand 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 Cornerstone OnDemand.
In the results panel, select Cornerstone OnDemand, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Cornerstone OnDemand based on a test user called "Britta Simon."
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Cornerstone OnDemand is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Cornerstone OnDemand needs to be established.
In Cornerstone OnDemand, 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 Cornerstone OnDemand, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating a Cornerstone OnDemand test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Cornerstone OnDemand that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 Cornerstone OnDemand application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Cornerstone OnDemand, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Cornerstone OnDemand 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 Cornerstone OnDemand Domain and URLs section, perform the following step:
a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Identifier. Contact Cornerstone OnDemand Client support team to get these values.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Cornerstone OnDemand Configuration section, click Configure Cornerstone OnDemand to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
To configure single sign-on on Cornerstone OnDemand side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate, Sign-Out URL and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL to Cornerstone OnDemand support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Creating 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, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.
To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
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 Cornerstone OnDemand test user
The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Cornerstone OnDemand. Cornerstone OnDemand supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
If you need to create user manually, perform following steps:
To configure user provisioning, send the information (e.g.: Name, Email) about the Azure AD user you want to provision to the Cornerstone OnDemand support team.
You can use any other Cornerstone OnDemand user account creation tools or APIs provided by Cornerstone OnDemand to provision AAD user accounts.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Cornerstone OnDemand.
To assign Britta Simon to Cornerstone OnDemand, 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 Cornerstone OnDemand.
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.
Testing single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Cornerstone OnDemand tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Cornerstone OnDemand application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.