Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Knowledge Anywhere LMS

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Knowledge Anywhere LMS with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Knowledge Anywhere LMS with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Knowledge Anywhere LMS.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Knowledge Anywhere LMS (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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Knowledge Anywhere LMS, 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
  • Knowledge Anywhere LMS single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Knowledge Anywhere LMS supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • Knowledge Anywhere LMS supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

To add Knowledge Anywhere LMS from the gallery, perform the following steps:

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

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Knowledge Anywhere LMS, select Knowledge Anywhere LMS from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Knowledge Anywhere LMS 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 Knowledge Anywhere LMS needs to be established.

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

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Knowledge Anywhere LMS Single Sign-On - 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 Knowledge Anywhere LMS test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Knowledge Anywhere LMS that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Knowledge Anywhere LMS, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Knowledge Anywhere LMS application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, If you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CLIENTNAME>.knowledgeanywhere.com/

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CLIENTNAME>.knowledgeanywhere.com/SSO/SAML/Response.aspx?<IDPNAME>

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL, which is explained later in the tutorial.

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CLIENTNAME>.knowledgeanywhere.com/

    Note

    The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact Knowledge Anywhere LMS Client support team to get this value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Knowledge Anywhere LMS section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Knowledge Anywhere LMS Single Sign-On

  1. In another browser window, open the Knowledge Anywhere LMS admin portal.

  2. Select on the Site tab.

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Configuration

  3. Select on the SAML Settings tab.

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Configuration

  4. Click on the Add New.

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Configuration

  5. On the Add/Update SAML Settings page, perform the following steps:

    Knowledge Anywhere LMS Configuration

    a. Enter the IDP Name as per your organization. For ex:- Azure.

    b. In the IDP Entity ID textbox, paste Azure Ad Identifier value which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. In the IDP URL textbox, paste Login URL value which you have copied from Azure portal.

    d. Open the downloaded certificate file from the Azure portal into notepad, copy the content of the certificate and paste it into Certificate textbox.

    e. In the Logout URL textbox, paste Logout URL value which you have copied from Azure portal.

    f. Select Main Site from the dropdown for the Domain.

    g. Copy the SP Entity ID value and paste it into Identifier text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

    h. Copy the SP Response(ACS) URL value and paste it into Reply URL text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

    i. Click Save.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    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 Knowledge Anywhere LMS.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Knowledge Anywhere LMS.

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Knowledge Anywhere LMS.

    The Knowledge Anywhere LMS link in the Applications list

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

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. 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.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Knowledge Anywhere LMS test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Knowledge Anywhere LMS. Knowledge Anywhere LMS 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 Knowledge Anywhere LMS, a new one is created after authentication.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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