Tutorial: Integrate Replicon with Azure Active Directory

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

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

To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get one-month free trial here.
  • Replicon single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Note

This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment. Replicon supports SP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Replicon into Azure AD, you need to add Replicon 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 Replicon in the search box.
  6. Select Replicon 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 single sign-on

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Replicon 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 Replicon.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Replicon, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Replicon SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Replicon test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Replicon that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Replicon 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration page, enter the values for the following fields:

    1. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://global.replicon.com/!/saml2/<client name>/sp-sso/post

    2. In the Identifier box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://global.replicon.com/!/saml2/<client name>

    3. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://global.replicon.com/!/saml2/<client name>/sso/post

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL, Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Replicon 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. Click the edit/pen icon for SAML Signing Certificate to edit the settings.

    Signing Algorithm

    1. Select Sign SAML assertion as the Signing Option.

    2. Select SHA-256 as the Signing Algorithm.

  6. 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

Configure Replicon SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into your Replicon company site as an administrator.

  2. To configure SAML 2.0, perform the following steps:

    Enable SAML authentication

    a. To display the EnableSAML Authentication2 dialog, append the following to your URL, after your company key: /services/SecurityService1.svc/help/test/EnableSAMLAuthentication2

    • The following shows the schema of the complete URL: https://na2.replicon.com/\<YourCompanyKey\>/services/SecurityService1.svc/help/test/EnableSAMLAuthentication2

    b. Click the + to expand the v20Configuration section.

    c. Click the + to expand the metaDataConfiguration section.

    d. Select SHA256 for xmlSignatureAlgorithm

    e. Click Choose File, to select your identity provider metadata XML file, and click Submit.

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, BrittaSimon@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 Replicon.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select Replicon.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add User link

  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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Create Replicon test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called B.Simon in Replicon.

If you need to create user manually, perform following steps:

  1. In a web browser window, sign into your Replicon company site as an administrator.

  2. Go to Administration > Users.

    Users

  3. Click +Add User.

    Add User

  4. In the User Profile section, perform the following steps:

    User profile

    a. In the Login Name textbox, type the Azure AD email address of the Azure AD user you want to provision like B.Simon@contoso.com.

    Note

    Login Name needs to match the user's email address in Azure AD

    b. As Authentication Type, select SSO.

    c. Set Authentication ID to the same value as Login Name (The Azure AD email address of the user)

    d. In the Department textbox, type the user’s department.

    e. As Employee Type, select Administrator.

    f. Click Save User Profile.

Note

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

Test SSO

When you select the Replicon tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Replicon for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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