Tutorial: Integrate iLMS with Azure Active Directory

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to iLMS.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to iLMS 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 one-month free trial here.
  • iLMS single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment. iLMS supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of iLMS into Azure AD, you need to add iLMS 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 iLMS in the search box.
  6. Select iLMS 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 iLMS using a test user called Britta Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in iLMS.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure iLMS SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create iLMS test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in iLMS 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 iLMS 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 page, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier text box, paste the Identifier value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal.

    b. In the Reply URL text box, paste the Endpoint (URL) value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal having the following pattern https://www.inspiredlms.com/Login/<instanceName>/consumer.aspx

  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, paste the Endpoint (URL) value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal as https://www.inspiredlms.com/Login/<instanceName>/consumer.aspx

  6. To enable JIT provisioning, your iLMS application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.

    Note

    You have to enable Create Un-recognized User Account in iLMS to map these attributes. Follow the instructions here to get an idea on the attributes configuration.

  7. In addition to above, iLMS application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:

    Name Source Attribute
    division user.department
    region user.state
    department user.jobtitle

    a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.

    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. Leave the Namespace blank.

    d. Select Source as Attribute.

    e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    f. Click Ok

    g. Click Save.

  8. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  9. On the Set up iLMS section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure AD Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure iLMS SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, sign in to your iLMS admin portal as an administrator.

  2. Click SSO:SAML under Settings tab to open SAML settings and perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. Expand the Service Provider section and copy the Identifier and Endpoint (URL) value.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  4. Under Identity Provider section, click Import Metadata.

  5. Select the Federation Metadata file downloaded from the Azure portal from the SAML Signing Certificate section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. If you want to enable JIT provisioning to create iLMS accounts for un-recognize users, follow below steps:

    a. Check Create Un-recognized User Account.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. Map the attributes in Azure AD with the attributes in iLMS. In the attribute column, specify the attributes name or the default value.

    c. Go to Business Rules tab and perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    d. Check Create Un-recognized Regions, Divisions and Departments to create Regions, Divisions, and Departments that do not already exist at the time of Single Sign-on.

    e. Check Update User Profile During Sign-in to specify whether the user’s profile is updated with each Single Sign-on.

    f. If the Update Blank Values for Non Mandatory Fields in User Profile option is checked, optional profile fields that are blank upon sign in will also cause the user’s iLMS profile to contain blank values for those fields.

    g. Check Send Error Notification Email and enter the email of the user where you want to receive the error notification email.

  7. Click Save button to save the settings.

    Configure Single Sign-On

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta 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 Britta 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 Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to iLMS.

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

  2. In the applications list, select iLMS.

  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 Britta 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 iLMS test user

Application supports Just in time user provisioning and after authentication users are created in the application automatically. JIT will work, if you have clicked the Create Un-recognized User Account checkbox during SAML configuration setting at iLMS admin portal.

If you need to create an user manually, then follow below steps:

  1. Sign in to your iLMS company site as an administrator.

  2. Click Register User under Users tab to open Register User page.

    Add Employee

  3. On the Register User page, perform the following steps.

    Add Employee

    a. In the First Name textbox, type the first name like Britta.

    b. In the Last Name textbox, type the last name like Simon.

    c. In the Email ID textbox, type the email address of the user like BrittaSimon@contoso.com.

    d. In the Region dropdown, select the value for region.

    e. In the Division dropdown, select the value for division.

    f. In the Department dropdown, select the value for department.

    g. Click Save.

    Note

    You can send registration mail to user by selecting Send Registration Mail checkbox.

Test SSO

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

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