Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with PolicyStat

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate PolicyStat with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating PolicyStat with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to PolicyStat
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to PolicyStat (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 PolicyStat, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A PolicyStat 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 here.

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 PolicyStat from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of PolicyStat into Azure AD, you need to add PolicyStat from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add PolicyStat from the gallery, perform the following steps:

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

    Active Directory

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

    Applications

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type PolicyStat.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select PolicyStat, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with PolicyStat based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in PolicyStat is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in PolicyStat needs to be established.

In PolicyStat, 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 PolicyStat, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a PolicyStat test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in PolicyStat that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 PolicyStat application.

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the PolicyStat Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.policystat.com

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.policystat.com/saml2/metadata/

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Identifier. Contact PolicyStat Client support team to get these values.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. The objective of this section is to outline how to enable users to authenticate to PolicyStat with their account in Azure AD using federation based on the SAML protocol.

    The PolicyStat application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML Token Attributes configuration.

    The following screenshot shows an example of this.

    Attributes

  6. To add the required attribute mappings, perform the following steps:

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    uid ExtractMailPrefix([mail])

    a. Click Add attribute to open the Add Attribute dialog.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. In the Attribute Name textbox, type uid.

    c. In the Attribute Value textbox, select ExtractMailPrefix().

    d. From the Mail list, select User.mail.

    e. Click Ok

  7. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. In a different web browser window, log into your PolicyStat company site as an administrator.

  9. Click the Admin tab, and then click Single Sign-On Configuration in left navigation pane.

    Administrator Menu

  10. In the Setup section, select Enable Single Sign-on Integration.

    Single Sign-On Configuration

  11. Click Configure Attributes, and then, in the Configure Attributes section, perform the following steps:

    Single Sign-On Configuration

    a. In the Username Attribute textbox, type uid.

    b. In the First Name Attribute textbox, type firstname of user Britta.

    c. In the Last Name Attribute textbox, type lastname of user Simon.

    d. In the Email Attribute textbox, type emailaddress of user BrittaSimon@contoso.com.

    e. Click Save Changes.

  12. Click Your IDP Metadata, and then, in the Your IDP Metadata section, perform the following steps:

    Single Sign-On Configuration

    a. Open your downloaded metadata file, copy the content, and then paste it into the Your Identity Provider Metadata textbox.

    b. Click Save Changes.

Tip

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.

Create Azure AD 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.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    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 PolicyStat test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into PolicyStat, they must be provisioned into PolicyStat.

PolicyStat supports just in time user provisioning. This means, you do not need to add the users manually to PolicyStat. The users will get added automatically on their first login through SSO.

Note

You can use any other PolicyStat user account creation tools or APIs provided by PolicyStat to provision Azure AD user accounts.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to PolicyStat, 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 PolicyStat.

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Assign User

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

    Assign User

  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.

Testing single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the PolicyStat tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your PolicyStat application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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