Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with HRworks Single Sign-On

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate HRworks Single Sign-On with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate HRworks Single Sign-On with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to HRworks Single Sign-On.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to HRworks Single Sign-On 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.


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.
  • HRworks Single Sign-On single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • HRworks Single Sign-On supports SP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of HRworks Single Sign-On into Azure AD, you need to add HRworks Single Sign-On 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 HRworks Single Sign-On in the search box.
  6. Select HRworks Single Sign-On 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 HRworks Single Sign-On

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with HRworks Single Sign-On 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 HRworks Single Sign-On.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with HRworks Single Sign-On, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure HRworks Single Sign-On SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
  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 HRworks Single Sign-On 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, enter the values for the following fields:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://login.hrworks.de/?companyId=<companyId>&directssologin=true


    The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact HRworks Single Sign-On Client support team to get the value. 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, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up HRworks Single Sign-On 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 HRworks Single Sign-On.

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

  2. In the applications list, select HRworks Single Sign-On.

  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 HRworks Single Sign-On SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within HRworks Single Sign-On, 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 Set up HRworks Single Sign-On will direct you to the HRworks Single Sign-On application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into HRworks Single Sign-On. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-4.

    Setup configuration

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

  4. Click on Administrator > Basics > Security > Single Sign-on from the left side of menu bar and perform the following steps:

    Configure single sign-on

    a. Check the Use Single Sign-on box.

    b. Select XML Metadata as Meta data input method.

    c. Select Individual NameID identifier as Value for NameID.

    d. In Notepad, open the Metadata XML that you downloaded from the Azure portal, copy its content, and then paste it into the Metadata textbox.

    e. Click Save.

Create HRworks Single Sign-On test user

To enable Azure AD users, sign in to HRworks Single Sign-On, they must be provisioned into HRworks Single Sign-On. In HRworks Single Sign-On, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to HRworks Single Sign-On as an Administrator.

  2. Click on Administrator > Persons > Persons > New person from the left side of menu bar.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Pop-up, click Next.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  4. On the Create new person with country for legal terms pop-up, fill the respective details like First name, Last name and click Create.

    Configure Single Sign-On

Test SSO

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

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

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