Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Pingboard
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Pingboard with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Pingboard with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Pingboard.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Pingboard (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Pingboard, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
- Pingboard single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
Pingboard supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
Pingboard supports Automated user provisioning
Adding Pingboard from the gallery
To configure the integration of Pingboard into Azure AD, you need to add Pingboard from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Pingboard 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 and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Pingboard, select Pingboard from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Pingboard 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 Pingboard needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Pingboard, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Pingboard Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create Pingboard test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Pingboard that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- 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 Pingboard, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Pingboard application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
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 a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Pingboard 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.
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.
On the Set up Pingboard section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure AD Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure Pingboard Single Sign-On
To configure SSO on Pingboard side, open a new browser window and sign in to your Pingboard Account. You must be a Pingboard admin to set up single sign on.
From the top menu,, select Apps > Integrations
On the Integrations page, find the "Azure Active Directory" tile, and click it.
In the modal that follows click "Configure"
On the following page, you notice that "Azure SSO Integration is enabled". Open the downloaded Metadata XML file in a notepad and paste the content in IDP Metadata.
The file is validated, and if everything is correct, single sign-on will now be enabled.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type email@example.com. 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 Pingboard.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Pingboard.
In the applications list, select Pingboard.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
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.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create Pingboard test user
The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Pingboard. Pingboard supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
If you need to create user manually, perform following steps:
Sign in to your Pingboard company site as an administrator.
Click “Add Employee” button on Directory page.
On the “Add Employee” dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Full Name textbox, type the full name of user like Britta Simon.
b. In the Email textbox, type the email address of user like firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. In the Job Title textbox, type the job title of Britta Simon.
d. In the Location dropdown, select the location of Britta Simon.
e. Click Add.
A confirmation screen comes up to confirm the addition of user.
The Azure Active Directory account holder receives an email and follows a link to confirm their account before it becomes active.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Pingboard tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Pingboard for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.