Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with LinkedIn Learning

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

Integrating LinkedIn Learning with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to LinkedIn Learning
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to LinkedIn Learning (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.

Prerequisites

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A LinkedIn Learning 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:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a 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 LinkedIn Learning from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add LinkedIn Learning from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure 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 LinkedIn Learning. From results panel, click LinkedIn Learning 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 LinkedIn Learning based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with LinkedIn Learning, 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 a LinkedIn Learning test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  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 portal and configure single sign-on in your LinkedIn Learning application.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the LinkedIn Learning application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In a different web browser window, sign-on to your LinkedIn Learning tenant as an administrator.

  4. In Account Center, click Global Settings under Settings. Also, select Learning - Default from the dropdown list.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click OR Click Here to load and copy individual fields from the form and copy Entity Id and Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) Url

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On Azure portal, under LinkedIn Learning Domain and URLs, perform the following steps if you want to configure SSO in IdP Initiated mode

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Identifier textbox, enter the Entity ID copied from LinkedIn Portal

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, enter the Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) Url copied from LinkedIn Portal

  7. If you want to configure SSO in SP Initiated, then click Show Advanced URL setting option in the configuration section and configure the sign-on URL with the following pattern:

    https://www.linkedin.com/checkpoint/enterprise/login/<AccountId>?application=learning&applicationInstanceId=<InstanceId>

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. Your LinkedIn Learning 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 an example for this. The default value of User Identifier is user.userprincipalname but LinkedIn Learning expects this to be mapped with the user's email address. For that you can use user.mail attribute from the list or use the appropriate attribute value based on your organization configuration.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. In User Attributes section, click View and edit all other user attributes and set the attributes. The user needs to add four claims named email, department, firstname, and lastname and the value is to be mapped with user.mail, user.department, user.givenname, and user.surname respectively

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    email user.mail
    department user.department
    firstname user.givenname
    lastname user.surname

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. Click Add Attribute to open the attribute dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    c. From the Value list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    d. Click Ok

  10. Perform the following steps on the name attribute-

    a. Click on the attribute to open the Edit Attribute window.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. Delete the URL value from the namespace.

    c. Click Ok to save the setting.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  12. Click Save.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  13. Go to LinkedIn Admin Settings section. Upload the XML file you downloaded from the Azure portal by clicking the Upload XML file option.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  14. Click On to enable SSO. SSO status changes from Not Connected to Connected

    Configure Single Sign-On

Creating an Azure AD test user

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

Create Azure AD User

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

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the 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 a LinkedIn Learning test user

LinkedIn Learning Application supports Just in time user provisioning and after authentication users are created in the application automatically. On the admin settings page on the LinkedIn Learning portal flip the switch Automatically Assign licenses to active Just in time provisioning and this will also assign a license to the user. LinkedIn Learning also supports automatic user provisioning, You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

Creating an Azure AD test user

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to LinkedIn Learning, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure 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 LinkedIn Learning.

    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 LinkedIn Learning tile in the Access Panel, you should get the Azure Sign-on page and on after successful sign-on, you should get into your LinkedIn Learning application.

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