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 automatically get signed-on 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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Pingboard, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Pingboard single sign-on enabled subscription

Note

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.

Scenario description

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:

  1. Adding Pingboard from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    The Enterprise applications

  3. Click Add button on the top of the dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Pingboard, select Pingboard from result panel and then click Add button to add the application.

    Pingboard in the results list

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, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Pingboard is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Pingboard 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 Pingboard.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Pingboard, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create a Pingboard test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Pingboard that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 and configure single sign-on in your Pingboard application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Pingboard, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Pingboard application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Pingboard Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode:

    Pingboard Domain and URLs single sign-on information IDP

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type the value as: http://app.pingboard.com/sp

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<entity-id>.pingboard.com/auth/saml/consume

  4. Check Show advanced URL settings, if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Pingboard Domain and URLs single sign-on information SP

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the URL using the following pattern: https://<sub-domain>.pingboard.com/sign_in

    Note

    Please note that 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.

  5. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the XML file on your computer.

    Pingboard metadata xml

  6. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  7. To configure SSO on Pingboard side, open a new browser window and log in to your Pingboard Account. You must be a Pingboard admin to set up single sign on.

  8. From the top menu,, select Apps > Integrations

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. On the Integrations page, find the "Azure Active Directory" tile, and click it.

    Pingboard Single Sign-On Integration

  10. In the modal that follows click "Configure"

    Pingboard configuration button

  11. 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.

    Pingboard SSO configuration screen

  12. 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.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. At the top of the dialog, click Add to open the User dialog.

    Add button

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    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.

Create a 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:

  1. Log in to your Pingboard company site as an administrator.

  2. Click “Add Employee” button on Directory page.

    Add Employee

  3. On the “Add Employee” dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Invite People

    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 brittasimon@contoso.com.

    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.

  4. A confirmation screen comes up to confirm the addition of user.

    confirm

    Note

    The Azure Active Directory account holder receives an email and follows a link to confirm their account before it becomes active.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Pingboard.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Pingboard, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Pingboard.

    The Pingboard link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

When you click the Pingboard tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Pingboard application.

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