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

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to HSB ThoughtSpot.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to HSB ThoughtSpot with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

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.
  • HSB ThoughtSpot single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • HSB ThoughtSpot supports SP initiated SSO
  • HSB ThoughtSpot supports Just In Time user provisioning

To configure the integration of HSB ThoughtSpot into Azure AD, you need to add HSB ThoughtSpot 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 HSB ThoughtSpot in the search box.
  6. Select HSB ThoughtSpot 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 SSO for HSB ThoughtSpot

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with HSB ThoughtSpot 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 HSB ThoughtSpot.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with HSB ThoughtSpot, perform the following steps:

  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 HSB ThoughtSpot SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create HSB ThoughtSpot test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in HSB ThoughtSpot 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 HSB ThoughtSpot 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 pencil 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 one of the following URLs:

    Sign-on URL
    https://hsbthoughtspot.mruscloud.com:443
    https://hsbthoughtspot.mruscloud.com/#/login
  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 HSB ThoughtSpot 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 HSB ThoughtSpot.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select HSB ThoughtSpot.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  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 are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure HSB ThoughtSpot SSO

To configure single sign-on on HSB ThoughtSpot side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to HSB ThoughtSpot support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create HSB ThoughtSpot test user

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

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to HSB ThoughtSpot Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to HSB ThoughtSpot Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the HSB ThoughtSpot tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to HSB ThoughtSpot Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure HSB ThoughtSpot you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.