Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Evernote
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Evernote with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Evernote with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Evernote.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Evernote (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.
To configure Azure AD integration with Evernote, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
- Evernote single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- Evernote supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
Adding Evernote from the gallery
To configure the integration of Evernote into Azure AD, you need to add Evernote from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Evernote from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click the Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.
To add a new application, click the New application button at the top of the dialog.
In the search box, type Evernote, select Evernote from the result panel then click the Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Evernote needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Evernote Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create Evernote test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Evernote that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Evernote, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Evernote application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click the Edit icon to open the Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following step:
In the Identifier text box, type a URL:
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL:
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
To modify the Signing options, click the Edit button to open the SAML Signing Certificate dialog.
a. Select the Sign SAML response and assertion option for Signing Option.
b. Click Save
On the Set up Evernote section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure AD Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure Evernote Single Sign-On
In a different web browser window, log into your Evernote company site as an administrator.
Go to 'Admin Console'
From the 'Admin Console', go to ‘Security’ and select ‘Single Sign-On’
Configure the following values:
a. Enable SSO: SSO is enabled by default (Click Disable Single Sign-on to remove the SSO requirement)
b. Paste Login URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the SAML HTTP Request URL textbox.
c. Open the downloaded certificate from Azure AD in a notepad and copy the content including "BEGIN CERTIFICATE" and "END CERTIFICATE" and paste it into the X.509 Certificate textbox.
d.Click Save Changes
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type
firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com
c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Evernote.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Evernote.
In the applications list, select Evernote.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create Evernote test user
In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Evernote, they must be provisioned into Evernote.
In the case of Evernote, provisioning is a manual task.
To provision a user accounts, perform the following steps:
Log in to your Evernote company site as an administrator.
Click the 'Admin Console'.
From the 'Admin Console', go to ‘Add users’.
Add team members in the Email textbox, type the email address of user account and click Invite.
After invitation is sent, the Azure Active Directory account holder will receive an email to accept the invitation.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Evernote tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Evernote for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.
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