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

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Harness supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Harness into Azure AD, you need to add Harness 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 Harness in the search box.
  6. Select Harness 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 single sign-on for Harness

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Harness 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 Harness.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Harness, 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 Harness SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Harness test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Harness 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 Harness 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 Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:

    In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://app.harness.io/gateway/api/users/saml-login?accountId=<harness_account_id>

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL: https://app.harness.io/

    Note

    The Reply URL value is not real. You will get the actual Reply URL from the Configure Harness SSO section, which is explained later in the tutorial. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Harness 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 Harness.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Harness.

  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 Harness SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within Harness, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup Harness will direct you to the Harness application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Harness. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-6.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to setup Harness manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Harness company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. On the top-right of the page, click on Continuous Security > Access Management > Authentication Settings.

    Harness configuration

  5. On the SSO Providers section, click on + Add SSO Providers > SAML.

    Harness configuration

  6. On the SAML Provider pop-up, perform the following steps:

    Harness configuration

    a. Copy the In your SSO Provider, please enable SAML-based login, then enter the following URL instance and paste it in Reply URL textbox in Basic SAML Configuration section on Azure portal.

    b. In the Display Name text box, type your display name.

    c. Click Choose file to upload the Federation Metadata XML file, which you have downloaded from Azure AD.

    d. Click SUBMIT.

Create Harness test user

To enable Azure AD users to sign in to Harness, they must be provisioned into Harness. In Harness, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Harness as an Administrator.

  2. On the top-right of the page, click on Continuous Security > Access Management > Users.

    Harness configuration

  3. On the right side of page, click on + Add User.

    Harness configuration

  4. On the Add User pop-up, perform the following steps:

    Harness configuration

    a. In Email Address(es) text box, enter the email of user like B.simon@contoso.com.

    b. Select your User Groups.

    c. Click Submit.

Test SSO

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

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

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