Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Optimizely
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Optimizely with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Optimizely with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Optimizely
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Optimizely (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Optimizely, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- An Optimizely single sign-on enabled subscription
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.
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:
- Adding Optimizely from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Optimizely from the gallery
To configure the integration of Optimizely into Azure AD, you need to add Optimizely from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Optimizely from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Optimizely.
In the results panel, select Optimizely, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Optimizely based on a test user called "Britta Simon."
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Optimizely is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Optimizely 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 Optimizely.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Optimizely, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating an Optimizely test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Optimizely that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 Optimizely application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Optimizely, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Optimizely application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the Optimizely Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not the real. You will update the value with the actual Sign-on URL and Identifier, which is explained later in the tutorial.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Optimizely Configuration section, click Configure Optimizely to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
To configure single sign-on on Optimizely side, contact your Optimizely Account Manager and provide the downloaded Certificate (Base64), and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL.
In response to your email, Optimizely provides you with the Sign On URL (SP-initiated SSO) and the Identifier (Service Provider Entity ID) values.
a. Copy the SP-initiated SSO URL provided by Optimizely, and paste into the Sign On URL textbox in Optimizely Domain and URLs section on Azure portal
b. Copy the Service Provider Entity ID provided by Optimizely, and paste into the Identifier textbox in Optimizely Domain and URLs section on Azure portal
In a different browser window, sign-on to your Optimizely application.
Click you account name in the top right corner and then Account Settings.
In the Account tab, check the box Enable SSO under Single Sign On in the Overview section.
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 the 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.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.
To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of Britta Simon.
c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.
d. Click Create.
Creating an Optimizely test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Optimizely.
On the home page, select Collaborators tab.
To add new collaborator to the project, click New Collaborator.
Fill in the email address and assign them a role. Click Invite.
They receive an email invite. Using the email address, they have to log in to Optimizely.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Optimizely.
To assign Britta Simon to Optimizely, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select Optimizely.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
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 Optimizely tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Optimizely application.