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 automatically get signed-on 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.

Prerequisites

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Front 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.

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 Front from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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. Then go to All applications.

    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, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Front is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Front needs to be established.

In Front, 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 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. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create a Front test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Front that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 and configure single sign-on in your Front application.

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

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

    Configure single sign-on link

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

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Front Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, 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 which are explained later in tutorial or contact Front Client support team to get these values.

  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 Front Configuration section, click Configure Front to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  9. Click Single Sign On link.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

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

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  11. In the Entry Point textbox put the value of Single Sign-on Service URL from Azure AD application configuration wizard.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App side

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Click Save button.

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

Create an Azure AD test user

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

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

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

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

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create a 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.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Front, 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 Front.

    The Front link in the Applications list

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

    The "Users and groups" link

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

    The Add Assignment pane

  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.

Test single sign-on

The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD SSOconfiguration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Front tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Front application.

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