Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with CorporateExperience
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate CorporateExperience with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate CorporateExperience with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to CorporateExperience.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to CorporateExperience with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
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.
- CorporateExperience single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- CorporateExperience supports SP initiated SSO.
Add CorporateExperience from the gallery
To configure the integration of CorporateExperience into Azure AD, you need to add CorporateExperience from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type CorporateExperience in the search box.
- Select CorporateExperience 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 SSO for CorporateExperience
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with CorporateExperience 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 CorporateExperience.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with CorporateExperience, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure CorporateExperience SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create CorporateExperience test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in CorporateExperience that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the CorporateExperience application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Sign on URL. Contact CorporateExperience 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.
Your CorporateExperience 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 an example for this. The default value of Unique User Identifier is user.userprincipalname but CorporateExperience expects this to be mapped with the user's email address. For that you can use user.mail attribute from the list or use the appropriate attribute value based on your organization configuration.
In addition to above, CorporateExperience application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.
Name Source Attribute user.mail first_name user.givenname user_name user.netbiosname organization user.companyname uid user.mail
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up CorporateExperience section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the firstname.lastname@example.org. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to CorporateExperience.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select CorporateExperience.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure CorporateExperience SSO
To configure single sign-on on CorporateExperience side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to CorporateExperience support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create CorporateExperience test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in CorporateExperience. Work with CorporateExperience support team to add the users in the CorporateExperience platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to CorporateExperience Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to CorporateExperience Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the CorporateExperience tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to CorporateExperience Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure CorporateExperience you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.