Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Fexa

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

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

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Fexa supports IDP initiated SSO
  • Fexa supports Just In Time user provisioning
  • Once you configure Fexa 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.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Fexa 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 Fexa.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Fexa SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Fexa test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Fexa that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. 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 Fexa 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 Set up single sign-on with SAML page, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.fexa.io

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.fexa.io/users/saml/auth

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Fexa 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. Fexa 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.

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  6. In addition to above, Fexa 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
    First Name user.givenname
    Last Name user.surname
  7. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.

    Edit SAML Signing Certificate

  8. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint Value and save it on your computer.

    Copy Thumbprint value

  9. On the Set up Fexa section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.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 B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@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 B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Fexa.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Fexa.

  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 B.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.

Configure Fexa SSO

To configure single sign-on on Fexa side, you need to send the Thumbprint Value and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Fexa support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Fexa test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Fexa. Fexa supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Fexa, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

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

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