Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with LinkedIn Sales Navigator
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate LinkedIn Sales Navigator with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating LinkedIn Sales Navigator with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to LinkedIn Sales Navigator
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to LinkedIn Sales Navigator (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, browse what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.
To configure Azure AD integration with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A LinkedIn Sales Navigator single-sign on enabled subscription
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:
- Avoid using 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.
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:
- Adding LinkedIn Sales Navigator from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding LinkedIn Sales Navigator from the gallery
To configure the integration of LinkedIn Sales Navigator into Azure AD, you need to add LinkedIn Sales Navigator from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add LinkedIn Sales Navigator 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. Then go to All applications.
Click New application button on the top of the dialog.
In the search box, type LinkedIn Sales Navigator.
In the results panel, select LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with LinkedIn Sales Navigator 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 Sales Navigator is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in LinkedIn Sales Navigator 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 Sales Navigator.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating a LinkedIn Sales Navigator test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in LinkedIn Sales Navigator that is linked to the Azure AD representation of the user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 Sales Navigator application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the LinkedIn Sales Navigator application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, in Mode select SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
In a different web browser window, sign-on to your LinkedIn Sales Navigator website as an administrator.
In Account Center, click Global Settings under Settings. Also, select Sales Navigator from the dropdown list.
Click OR Click Here to load and copy individual fields from the form and copy Entity Id and Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) Url.
On Azure portal, under LinkedIn Sales Navigator Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode.
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
Check Show advanced URL settings, if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode.
In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the value using the following pattern:
Your LinkedIn Sales Navigator 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. The default value of User Identifier is user.userprincipalname but LinkedIn Sales Navigator expects it to be mapped with the user's email address. You can use user.mail attribute from the list or use the appropriate attribute value based on your organization configuration.
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 user.mail department user.department firstname user.givenname lastname user.surname
a. Click on Add Attribute to open the attribute dialog.
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
Perform the following steps on the name attribute-
a. Click on the attribute to open the Edit Attribute window.
b. Delete the URL value from the namespace.
c. Click Ok to save the setting.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the XML file on your computer.
Click Save button.
Go to LinkedIn Admin Settings section. Click Upload XML file to upload the Metadata XML file that you have downloaded from the Azure portal.
Click On to enable SSO. SSO status changes from Not Connected to Connected
You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation
Creating an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Go to Users and groups and click All users.
At the top of the dialog click Add to open the User dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
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 Sales Navigator test user
Linked Sales Navigator Application supports Just in Time (JIT) user provisioning and after authentication users are created in the application automatically. Activate Automatically assign licenses to assign a license to the 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 Sales Navigator.
To assign Britta Simon to LinkedIn Sales Navigator, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select LinkedIn Sales Navigator.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
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 Sales Navigator tile in the Access Panel, you should be redirected to Organizational page where you have to provide your personal LinkedIn account details. It links your personal account with your LinkedIn business account. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.