Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Meta4 Global HR

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Meta4 Global HR with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Meta4 Global HR with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Meta4 Global HR.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Meta4 Global HR (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Meta4 Global HR, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account
  • Meta4 Global HR single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

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

  • Meta4 Global HR supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Meta4 Global HR into Azure AD, you need to add Meta4 Global HR from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Meta4 Global HR from the gallery, perform the following steps:

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

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add a new application, click the New application button on the top of the dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Meta4 Global HR, select Meta4 Global HR from the result panel then click the Add button to add the application.

    Meta4 Global HR in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Meta4 Global HR based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Meta4 Global HR needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Meta4 Global HR, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Meta4 Global HR Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Meta4 Global HR test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Meta4 Global HR that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Meta4 Global HR, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Meta4 Global HR application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click the Edit icon to open the Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following step:

    Meta4 Global HR Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.meta4globalhr.com/saml.sso/SAML2/POST

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Meta4 Global HR Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.meta4globalhr.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign-On URL. Contact Meta4 Global HR Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Meta4 Global HR section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure AD Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Meta4 Global HR Single Sign-On

To configure single sign-on on Meta4 Global HR side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Meta4 Global HR support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create an Azure AD test user

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

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension. For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com

    c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Meta4 Global HR.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Meta4 Global HR.

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Meta4 Global HR.

    The Meta4 Global HR link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Meta4 Global HR test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Meta4 Global HR. Work with Meta4 Global HR support team to add the users in the Meta4 Global HR platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Meta4 Global HR tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Meta4 Global HR for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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