Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with LaunchDarkly
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate LaunchDarkly with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate LaunchDarkly with Azure AD, you can:
Control in Azure AD who has access to LaunchDarkly.
Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to LaunchDarkly with their Azure AD accounts.
Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
The LaunchDarkly Azure Active Directory integration is one-way. After you configure the integration, you can use Azure AD to manage users, SSO, and accounts in LaunchDarkly, but you cannot use LaunchDarkly to manage users, SSO, and accounts in Azure.
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.
- LaunchDarkly single sign-on enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- LaunchDarkly supports IDP initiated SSO.
- LaunchDarkly supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add LaunchDarkly from the gallery
To configure the integration of LaunchDarkly into Azure AD, you need to add LaunchDarkly from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type LaunchDarkly in the search box.
- Select LaunchDarkly 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 LaunchDarkly
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with LaunchDarkly 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 LaunchDarkly.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with LaunchDarkly, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure LaunchDarkly SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create LaunchDarkly test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in LaunchDarkly that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the LaunchDarkly application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type the URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The Reply URL value is not real. You will update the value with the actual Reply URL, which is explained later in the tutorial. LaunchDarkly currently supports IDP initiated SSO. To use this application in IDP mode, you need to leave the Sign on URL field blank, otherwise you will not be able to initiate the login from the IDP. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
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.
On the Set up LaunchDarkly section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the firstname.lastname@example.org. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to LaunchDarkly.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select LaunchDarkly.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- 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.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure LaunchDarkly SSO
In a different web browser window, log into your LaunchDarkly company site as an administrator.
Select Account Settings from the left navigation panel.
Click Security tab.
Click ENABLE SSO and then EDIT SAML CONFIGURATION.
On the Edit your SAML configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. Copy the SAML consumer service URL for your instance and paste it in Reply URL textbox in LaunchDarkly Domain and URLs section on Azure portal.
b. In the Sign-on URL textbox, paste the Login URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.
c. Open the downloaded certificate from the Azure portal into Notepad, copy the content and then paste it into the X.509 certificate box or you can directly upload the certificate by clicking the upload one.
d. Click Save.
Create LaunchDarkly test user
In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in LaunchDarkly. LaunchDarkly supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There's no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in LaunchDarkly, a new one is created after authentication.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the LaunchDarkly for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the LaunchDarkly tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the LaunchDarkly for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure LaunchDarkly 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 Defender for Cloud Apps.
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