Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Front

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Front with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Front with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Front.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Front (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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Front, 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
  • Front single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Front supports IDP initiated SSO

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

To add Front from the gallery, perform the following steps:

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

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.

    The Enterprise applications blade

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

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Front, select Front from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Front in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Front 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 Front needs to be established.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Front Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Front test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Front that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Front, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Front application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, perform the following steps:

    Front Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.frontapp.com

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.frontapp.com/sso/saml/callback

    Note

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

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Front section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Front Single Sign-On

  1. Sign-on to your Front tenant as an administrator.

  2. Go to Settings (cog icon at the bottom of the left sidebar) > Preferences.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  3. Click Single Sign On link.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  4. Select SAML in the drop-down list of Single Sign On.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  5. In the Entry Point textbox put the value of Login URL from Azure AD application configuration wizard.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  6. Open your downloaded Certificate(Base64) file in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the Signing certificate textbox.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  7. On the Service provider settings section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

    a. Copy the value of Entity ID and paste it into the Identifier textbox in Front Domain and URLs section in Azure portal.

    b. Copy the value of ACS URL and paste it into the Reply URL textbox in Front Domain and URLs section in Azure portal.

  8. Click Save button.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    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 Front.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Front.

    The Front link in the Applications list

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

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. 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.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Front test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Front. Work with Front Client support team to add the users in the Front 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 Front tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Front for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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