Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with RStudio Connect
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate RStudio Connect with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating RStudio Connect with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to RStudio Connect.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to RStudio Connect (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 RStudio Connect, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account
- RStudio Connect. There is a 45 day free evaluation.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
RStudio Connect supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
RStudio Connect supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding RStudio Connect from the gallery
To configure the integration of RStudio Connect into Azure AD, you need to add RStudio Connect from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add RStudio Connect 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 RStudio Connect, select RStudio Connect 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 RStudio Connect 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 RStudio Connect needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with RStudio Connect, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure RStudio Connect 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 RStudio Connect test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in RStudio Connect 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 RStudio Connect, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the RStudio Connect 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, replacing
<example.com>with your RStudio Connect Server Address and port:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
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 Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. They are determined from the RStudio Connect Server Address (
https://example.comin the examples above). Contact the RStudio Connect support team if you have trouble. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
Your RStudio Connect 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 the list of default attributes, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. RStudio Connect application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.
Configure RStudio Connect Single Sign-On
To configure single sign-on on for RStudio Connect, you need to use the App Federation Metadata Url and Server Address used above. This is done in the RStudio Connect configuration file at
This is an example configuration file:
[Server] SenderEmail = ; Important! The user-facing URL of your RStudio Connect server. Address = [Http] Listen = :3939 [Authentication] Provider = saml [SAML] Logging = true ; Important! The URL where your IdP hosts the SAML metadata or the path to a local copy of it placed in the RStudio Connect server. IdPMetaData = IdPAttributeProfile = azure SSOInitiated = IdPAndSP
Store your Server Address in the
Server.Address value, and the App Federation Metadata Url in the
SAML.IdPMetaData value. Note that this sample configuration uses an unencrypted HTTP connection, while Azure AD requires the use of an encrypted HTTPS connection. You can either use a reverse proxy in front of RStudio Connect or configure RStudio Connect to use HTTPS directly.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 RStudio Connect.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select RStudio Connect.
In the applications list, select RStudio Connect.
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 RStudio Connect test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in RStudio Connect. RStudio Connect supports just-in-time provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in RStudio Connect, a new one is created when you attempt to access RStudio Connect.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the RStudio Connect tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the RStudio Connect for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.