Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with iPass SmartConnect
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate iPass SmartConnect with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating iPass SmartConnect with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to iPass SmartConnect.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to iPass SmartConnect (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
- You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure 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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.
To configure Azure AD integration with iPass SmartConnect, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
- iPass SmartConnect single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- iPass SmartConnect supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
- iPass SmartConnect supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding iPass SmartConnect from the gallery
To configure the integration of iPass SmartConnect into Azure AD, you need to add iPass SmartConnect from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add iPass SmartConnect from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type iPass SmartConnect, select iPass SmartConnect from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with iPass SmartConnect based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in iPass SmartConnect needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with iPass SmartConnect, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure iPass SmartConnect Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create iPass SmartConnect test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in iPass SmartConnect that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with iPass SmartConnect, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the iPass SmartConnect application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.
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:
iPass SmartConnect application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on application integration page. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit button to open User Attributes dialog.
In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, edit the claims by using Edit icon or add the claims by using Add new claim to configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:
Name Source Attribute firstName user.givenname lastName user.surname user.userprincipalname username user.userprincipalname
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.
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.
On the Set up iPass SmartConnect section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure AD Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure iPass SmartConnect Single Sign-On
To configure single sign-on on iPass SmartConnect side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to iPass SmartConnect support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type **email@example.com**
For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com
c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to iPass SmartConnect.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select iPass SmartConnect.
In the applications list, select iPass SmartConnect.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create iPass SmartConnect test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in iPass SmartConnect. Work with iPass SmartConnect support team to add the users or the domain that must be added to an allow list for the iPass SmartConnect platform. If the domain is added by the team, users will get automatically provisioned to the iPass SmartConnect platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
To test the application in the SP Initiated flow, perform the following steps:
a. Download windows iPass SmartConnect client here.
b. Install the client and launch.
c. Click on Get Started.
d. Enter Azure user name with domain. Click on Continue. This will be redirected to Azure login page
e. After successful authentication, client activation will be started. Client will get activated.
To test the application in the IdP Initiated flow, perform the following steps:
a. Login to https://myapps.microsoft.com.
b. Click on iPass SmartConnect app.
c. It launches SSA page, click on Download App for Windows to install iPass SmartConnect client.
d. After installation, client on the first launch will automatically starts activation after accepting terms and conditions.
e. If activation does not start, click on Activate button on SSA page to initiate activation.
f. Client will get activated.