Tutorial: Integrate Displayr with Azure Active Directory

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Displayr.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Displayr 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.
  • Displayr single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

To configure the integration of Displayr into Azure AD, you need to add Displayr 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 Displayr in the search box.
  6. Select Displayr 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 Displayr 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 Displayr.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Displayr to configure the SSO 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 Displayr test user to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Displayr 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 Displayr 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, perform the following step:

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<YOURDOMAIN>.displayr.com

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:<YOURDOMAIN>.displayr.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact Displayr 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.

  5. 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.

    The Certificate download link

  6. Displayr 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.

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  7. In addition to above, Displayr application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Attributes & Claims section on the Group Claims (Preview) dialog, perform the following steps:

    a. Click the pen next to Groups returned in claim.

    image

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    b. Select All Groups from the radio list.

    c. Select Source Attribute of Group ID.

    d. Check Customize the name of the group claim.

    e. Check Emit groups as role claims.

    f. Click Save.

  8. On the Set-up Displayr section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Configure Displayr

  1. To automate the configuration within Displayr, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup Displayr will direct you to the Displayr application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Displayr. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-6.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to set up Displayr manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Displayr company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. Click on Settings then navigate to Account.

    Configuration

  5. Switch to Settings from the top menu and scroll down the page for clicking Configure Single Sign On (SAML).

    Configuration

  6. On the Single Sign On (SAML) page, perform the following steps:

    Configuration

    a. Check the Enable Single Sign On (SAML) box.

    b. Copy the actual Identifier value from the Basic SAML Configuration section of Azure AD and paste it into the Issuer text box.

    c. In the Login URL text box, paste the value of Login URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    d. In the Logout URL text box, paste the value of Logout URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    e. Open the Certificate (Base64) in Notepad, copy its content and paste it into the Certificate text box.

    f. Group mappings are optional.

    g. Click Save.

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 Displayr.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Displayr.

  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 Displayr test user

To enable Azure AD users, sign in to Displayr, they must be provisioned into Displayr. In Displayr, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Displayr as an Administrator.

  2. Click on Settings then navigate to Account.

    Displayr Configuration

  3. Switch to Settings from the top menu and scroll down the page, until Users section then click on New User.

    Displayr Configuration

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

    Displayr Configuration

    a. In Name text box, enter the name of user like Brittasimon.

    b. In Email text box, enter the email of user like Brittasimon@contoso.com.

    c. Select your appropriate Group membership.

    d. Click Save.

Test SSO

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

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