Tutorial: Integrate MyVR with Azure Active Directory

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

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

To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get one-month free trial here.
  • MyVR single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • MyVR supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
  • MyVR supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of MyVR into Azure AD, you need to add MyVR 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 MyVR in the search box.
  6. Select MyVR 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 single sign-on

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with MyVR 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 MyVR.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with MyVR, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure MyVR SSO - 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 B. Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B. Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create MyVR test user - to have a counterpart of B. Simon in MyVR that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 MyVR 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if user wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

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

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type the URL: https://ess.virtualroster.net/ess/login.aspx

  6. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, edit the claims by using Edit icon or add the claims by using Add new claim to configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:

    Name Source attribute
    givenname user.givenname
    surname user.surname
    emailaddress user.mail
    employeeid user.employeeid
    1. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
    2. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
    3. Leave the Namespace blank.
    4. Select Source as Attribute.
    5. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.
    6. Click Ok.
    7. Click Save.
  7. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up MyVR section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Configure MyVR SSO

To configure single sign-on on MyVR side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to MyVR support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

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 MyVR.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select MyVR.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

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

    The Add User link

  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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

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

Create MyVR test user

In this section, a user called B. Simon is created in MyVR. MyVR 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 MyVR, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

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

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