Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Flatter Files

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Flatter Files with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Flatter Files with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Flatter Files
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Flatter Files (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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Flatter Files, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Flatter Files single sign-on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial here.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Flatter Files from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Flatter Files into Azure AD, you need to add Flatter Files from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Flatter Files from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Flatter Files.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Flatter Files, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Flatter Files is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Flatter Files needs to be established.

In Flatter Files, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a Flatter Files test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Flatter Files that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configuring Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Flatter Files application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Flatter Files application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Flatter Files Domain and URLs section, the user does not have to perform any steps as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the Flatter Files Configuration section, click Configure Flatter Files to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. Sign-on to your Flatter Files application as an administrator.

  8. Click DASHBOARD.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. Click Settings, and then perform the following steps on the Company tab:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. Select Use SAML 2.0 for Authentication.

    b. Click Configure SAML.

  10. On the SAML Configuration dialog, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Domain textbox, type your registered domain.

    Note

    If you don't have a registered domain yet, contact your Flatter Files support team via support@flatterfiles.com.

    b. In Identity Provider URL textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL which you have copied form Azure portal.

    c. Open your base-64 encoded certificate in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the Identity Provider Certificate textbox.

    d. Click Update.

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    d. Click Create.

Creating a Flatter Files test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Flatter Files.

To create a user called Britta Simon in Flatter Files, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign on to your Flatter Files company site as administrator.

  2. In the navigation pane on the left, click Settings, and then click the Users tab.

    Create a Flatter Files User

  3. Click Add User.

  4. On the Add User dialog, perform the following steps:

    Create a Flatter Files User

    a. In the First Name textbox, type Britta.

    b. In the Last Name textbox, type Simon.

    c. In the Email Address textbox, type Britta's email address in the Azure portal.

    d. Click Submit.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Flatter Files.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Flatter Files, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Flatter Files.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Testing single sign-on

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

When you click the Flatter Files tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Flatter Files application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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