Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Lynda.com

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

Integrating Lynda.com with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Lynda.com
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Lynda.com (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 Lynda.com, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Lynda.com 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 Lynda.com from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

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

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Lynda.com.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Lynda.com, and then click Add button 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 Lynda.com based on a test user called "Britta Simon."

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

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Lynda.com, 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 Lynda.com test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Lynda.com that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  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 Lynda.com application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Lynda.com, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Lynda.com 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. On the Lynda.com Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.lynda.com/Shibboleth.sso/InCommon?providerId=<url>&target=<url>

    Note

    This value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Lynda.com Client support team to get these values.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. To configure single sign-on on Lynda.com side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML Lynda.com support.

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 Lynda.com test user

There is no action item for you to configure user provisioning to Lynda.com.
When an assigned user tries to log in to Lynda.com using the access panel, Lynda.com checks whether the user exists.

If there is no user account available yet, it is automatically created by Lynda.com.

Note

You can use any other Lynda.com user account creation tools or APIs provided by Lynda.com to provision AAD user accounts.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Lynda.com, 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 Lynda.com.

    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

If you want to test your single sign-on settings, open the Access Panel. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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