Tutorial: Integrate Helper Helper with Azure Active Directory

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

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

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment. Helper Helper supports SP and IDP initiated SSO and supports Just In Time user provisioning.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Helper Helper 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 Helper Helper.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Helper Helper to configure the SSO settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user to test Azure AD single sign-on with B. Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user to enable B. Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Helper Helper test user to have a counterpart of B. Simon in Helper Helper that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Helper Helper 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 have Service Provider metadata file and wish to configure in IDP initiated mode perform the following steps:

    Note

    Go to the url https://sso.helperhelper.com/saml/<customer_id> to get the Service Provider metadata file. Contact Helper Helper Client support team for <customer_id>.

    a. Click Upload metadata file.

    b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.

    c. After the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section.

    Note

    If the Identifier and Reply URL values do not get auto polulated, then fill in the values manually according to your requirement.

  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 using the following pattern: https://sso.helperhelper.com/saml/<customer_id>/login

    Note

    The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact Helper Helper Client support team to get this value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.l.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your Notepad.

    The Certificate download link

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

    Copy configuration URLs

Configure Helper Helper

To configure single sign-on on Helper Helper side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Helper Helper support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

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, BrittaSimon@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 Helper Helper.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Helper Helper.

  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.

Create Helper Helper test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Helper Helper. Helper Helper 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 Helper Helper, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

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

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