Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with People

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

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


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

Scenario description

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

  • People supports SP initiated SSO
  • People Mobile application can now be configured with Azure AD for enabling SSO. In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.


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

To configure the integration of People into Azure AD, you need to add People 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 People in the search box.
  6. Select People 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 People

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with People 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 People.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with People, 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 People SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
    1. Create People test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in People 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 People 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, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<company name>.peoplehr.net

    b. In the Identifier box, type the URL: https://www.peoplehr.com

    c. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<company name>.peoplehr.net/Pages/Saml/ConsumeAzureAD.aspx


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Reply URL. Contact People 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.

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

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

    Copy configuration URLs

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 People.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select People.
  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 People SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within People, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup People will direct you to the People application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into People. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-6.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to setup People manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your People company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. In the menu on the left side, click Settings.

    Screenshot that shows the left-side menu with "Settings" selected.

  5. Click Company.

    Screenshot that shows "Company" selected from the "Settings" menu.

  6. On the Upload 'Single Sign On' SAML meta-data file, click Browse to upload the downloaded metadata file.

    Configure Single Sign-On

Create People test user

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

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. This will redirect to People Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to People Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the People tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to People Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Test SSO for People (Mobile)

  1. Open People Mobile application. On the sign in page, enter the Email ID and then click on Single Sign On.

    The sign in

  2. Enter organization UserID and click Next.

    The email

  3. Finally after successful sign in, the application homepage will be displayed shown below:

    The once

Next steps

Once you configure People 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 Cloud App Security.