Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Samsara
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Samsara with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Samsara with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Samsara.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Samsara with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
To get started, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
- Samsara single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Samsara supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- Samsara supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Add Samsara from the gallery
To configure the integration of Samsara into Azure AD, you need to add Samsara from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Samsara in the search box.
- Select Samsara 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 SSO for Samsara
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Samsara 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 Samsara.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Samsara, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Samsara SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Samsara test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Samsara that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Samsara application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set-up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:
https://cloud.samsara.com/signin/<ORGID>for US cloud customers
https://cloud.eu.samsara.com/signin/<ORGID>for EU cloud customers
b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
c. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-on URL, Reply URL, and Identifier. Contact the Samsara Client support team to get these values, or in Samsara, go to Settings > Single-Sign-On > New SAML Connection to obtain the <ORGID>. You also can 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, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set-up Samsara section, copy the login URL
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the email@example.com. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Samsara.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Samsara.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Samsara SSO
To configure single sign-on on Samsara side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and Login URL from Azure portal to Samsara support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Samsara test user
In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Samsara. Samsara supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Samsara, a new one is created after authentication with a default role of Standard Admin (No Dash Cam Access) for Organization. The user's access can then be increased or decreased as needed in Samsara.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Samsara Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Samsara Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Samsara for which you set up the SSO.
You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Samsara tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign-on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Samsara for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Samsara you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.