Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Mercell

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Mercell with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Mercell with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Mercell.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Mercell with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

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.
  • Mercell single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Mercell supports IDP initiated SSO.

  • Mercell supports Just In Time user provisioning.

Note

Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Mercell in the search box.
  6. Select Mercell 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 Mercell

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mercell 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 Mercell.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mercell, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Mercell SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Mercell test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Mercell that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Mercell application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following step:

    In the Identifier text box, type the URL: https://my.mercell.com/

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Mercell.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Mercell.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Mercell SSO

To configure single sign-on on Mercell side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Mercell support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Mercell test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Mercell. Mercell supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Mercell, a new one is created after authentication.

Note

If you need to create a user manually, contact Mercell support team.

Test SSO

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 Mercell for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Mercell tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Mercell for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Mercell 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.