Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with MaxxPoint

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

Integrating MaxxPoint with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A MaxxPoint 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:

  • You should not use your production environment, unless this 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 MaxxPoint from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add MaxxPoint 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 New application button on the top of dialog to add new application.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type MaxxPoint.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select MaxxPoint, 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 MaxxPoint based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

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

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the MaxxPoint 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 MaxxPoint Domain and URLs section, If you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, no need to perform any steps.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  4. On the MaxxPoint Domain and URLs section, If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. Click Show advanced URL settings option

    b. In the Sign On URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://maxxpoint.westipc.com/default/sso/login/entity/<customer-id>-azure

    Note

    Please note that this is not the real value. You have to update this value with the actual Sign On URL. Call MaxxPoint team on 888-728-0950 to get this value.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. To get SSO configured for your application, call MaxxPoint support team on 888-728-0950 and they'll assist you further on how to provide them the downloaded Metadata XML file.

Tip

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 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.

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. Go to Users and groups and click All users to display the list of users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. At the top of the dialog click Add to open the User 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 MaxxPoint test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in MaxxPoint. Please call MaxxPoint support team on 888-728-0950 to add the users in the MaxxPoint application.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to MaxxPoint, 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 MaxxPoint.

    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 MaxxPoint tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your MaxxPoint application.

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