Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Inkling

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Inkling with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Inkling with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Inkling
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Inkling (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure Management portal

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Inkling, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • An Inkling single-sign on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • You should not use your production environment, unless this is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get an one-month trial here.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Inkling from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Inkling into Azure AD, you need to add Inkling from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Inkling from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management Portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

  3. Click Add button on the top of the dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Inkling.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Inkling, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Inkling based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Inkling is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Inkling needs to be established.

This link relationship is established by assigning the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username in Inkling.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Inkling, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating an Inkling test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Inkling that is linked to the Azure AD representation of her.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configuring Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure Management portal and configure single sign-on in your Inkling application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Inkling, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management portal, on the Inkling application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, as Mode select SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Inkling Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://api.inkling.com/saml/v2/metadata/<user-id>

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://api.inkling.com/saml/v2/acs/<user-id>

    Note

    Please note that these are not the real values. You have to update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Inkling support team to get these values.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Create new certificate.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. On the Create New Certificate dialog, click the calendar icon and select an expiry date. Then click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, select Make new certificate active and click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. On the pop-up Rollover certificate window, click OK.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. To get SSO configured for your application, contact Inkling support team and provide them with downloaded metadata.

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure Management portal called Britta Simon.

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. Go to Users and groups and click All users to display the list of users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. At the top of the dialog click Add to open the User dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    d. Click Create.

Creating an Inkling test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Inkling. Please work with Inkling support team to add the users in the Inkling platform.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting her access to Inkling.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Inkling, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Inkling.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Testing single sign-on

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

When you click the Inkling tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Inkling application.

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