Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Evernote
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Evernote with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Evernote with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Evernote.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Evernote 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.
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.
- Evernote single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Evernote supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
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.
- 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 Evernote in the search box.
- Select Evernote 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 for Evernote
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Evernote 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 Evernote.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Evernote, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Evernote SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Evernote test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Evernote 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 Evernote 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:
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, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate 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) 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 Evernote.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Evernote.
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'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.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Evernote SSO
To automate the configuration within Evernote, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on setup Evernote will direct you to the Evernote application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Evernote. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-6.
If you want to setup Evernote manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Evernote company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:
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 Evernote test user
In order to enable Azure AD users to sign 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:
Sign 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.
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.