Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with ExcelityGlobal
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate ExcelityGlobal with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating ExcelityGlobal with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to ExcelityGlobal.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to ExcelityGlobal (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 ExcelityGlobal, 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
- ExcelityGlobal single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- ExcelityGlobal supports IDP initiated SSO
Adding ExcelityGlobal from the gallery
To configure the integration of ExcelityGlobal into Azure AD, you need to add ExcelityGlobal from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add ExcelityGlobal 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 and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type ExcelityGlobal, select ExcelityGlobal from result panel then click 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 ExcelityGlobal 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 ExcelityGlobal needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with ExcelityGlobal, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure ExcelityGlobal 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 ExcelityGlobal test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in ExcelityGlobal 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 ExcelityGlobal, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the ExcelityGlobal 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 Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
For Production Environment :
For Sandbox Environment :
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
For Production Environment :
For Sandbox Environment :
Your ExcelityGlobal 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, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. ExcelityGlobal application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint and save it on your computer.
On the Set up ExcelityGlobal section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure AD Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure ExcelityGlobal Single Sign-On
To configure single sign-on on ExcelityGlobal side, you need to send the Thumbprint value and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to ExcelityGlobal support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
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 ExcelityGlobal.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select ExcelityGlobal.
In the applications list, select ExcelityGlobal.
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 ExcelityGlobal test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in ExcelityGlobal. Work with ExcelityGlobal support team to add the users in the ExcelityGlobal platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the ExcelityGlobal tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the ExcelityGlobal for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.
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