Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Pantheon
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Pantheon with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Pantheon with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Pantheon
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Pantheon (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 Pantheon, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Pantheon 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 Pantheon from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Pantheon from the gallery
To configure the integration of Pantheon into Azure AD, you need to add Pantheon from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Pantheon 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 Pantheon.
In the results panel, select Pantheon, 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 Pantheon based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Pantheon is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Pantheon needs to be established.
In Pantheon, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Pantheon, 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 a Pantheon test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Pantheon 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 Pantheon application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Pantheon, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Pantheon 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 Pantheon Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Pantheon support team to get these values.
Pantheon application expects the SAML assertion in specific format, which requires you to set the UserIdentifier attribute value with the user’s email address. By default Azure AD uses the UserPrincipalName for UserIdentifier attribute. But for successful integration you need to adjust this value to match with user’s email address. The integration will only work after doing the correct mapping.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Pantheon Configuration section, click Configure Pantheon 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 Pantheon side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL to Pantheon support team.
You also need to provide the Email Domain(s) information and Date Time when you want to enable this connection. You can find more details about it from here
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 BrittaSimon.
c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.
d. Click Create.
Creating a Pantheon test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Pantheon. Please follow the below steps to add the user in Pantheon.
For SSO to work user needs to be created first in Pantheon.
Login to Pantheon with admin credentials.
Navigate to Organization dashboard page.
Click Add user.
Enter the user's email address.
Choose the user's role.
Click Add user.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Pantheon.
To assign Britta Simon to Pantheon, 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 Pantheon.
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 Pantheon tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Pantheon application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.