Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SAP Business ByDesign

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

Integrating SAP Business ByDesign with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • An SAP Business ByDesign 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 SAP Business ByDesign from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add SAP Business ByDesign 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 blade

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

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type SAP Business ByDesign, select SAP Business ByDesign from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    SAP Business ByDesign 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 SAP Business ByDesign based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In SAP Business ByDesign, 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 SAP Business ByDesign, 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 an SAP Business ByDesign test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SAP Business ByDesign 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 SAP Business ByDesign application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with SAP Business ByDesign, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SAP Business ByDesign 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 SAP Business ByDesign Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    SAP Business ByDesign Domain and URLs single sign-on information

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

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<servername>.sapbydesign.com

    Note

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

  4. On the User Attributes section, perform the following steps:

    SAP Business ByDesign Attribute Section

    a. In User Identifier list, select the ExtractMailPrefix() function.

    b. From the Mail list, select the user attribute you want to use for your implementation. For example, if you want to use the EmployeeID as unique user identifier and you have stored the attribute value in the ExtensionAttribute2, then select user.extensionattribute2.

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

    The Certificate download link

  6. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  7. On the SAP Business ByDesign Configuration section, click Configure SAP Business ByDesign to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    SAP Business ByDesign Configuration

  8. To get SSO configured for your application, perform the following steps:

    a. Sign on to your SAP Business ByDesign portal with administrator rights.

    b. Navigate to Application and User Management Common Task and click the Identity Provider tab.

    c. Click New Identity Provider and select the metadata XML file that you have downloaded from the Azure portal. By importing the metadata, the system automatically uploads the required signature certificate and encryption certificate.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    d. To include the Assertion Consumer Service URL into the SAML request, select Include Assertion Consumer Service URL.

    e. Click Activate Single Sign-On.

    f. Save your changes.

    g. Click the My System tab.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    h. Paste SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal it into the Azure AD Sign On URL textbox.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    i. Specify whether the employee can manually choose between logging on with user ID and password or SSO by selecting Manual Identity Provider Selection.

    j. In the SSO URL section, specify the URL that should be used by the employee to logon to the system. In the URL Sent to Employee dropdown list, you can choose between the following options:

    Non-SSO URL

    The system sends only the normal system URL to the employee. The employee cannot log on using SSO, and must use password or certificate instead.

    SSO URL

    The system sends only the SSO URL to the employee. The employee can log on using SSO. Authentication request is redirected through the IdP.

    Automatic Selection

    If SSO is not active, the system sends the normal system URL to the employee. If SSO is active, the system checks whether the employee has a password. If a password is available, both SSO URL and Non-SSO URL are sent to the employee. However, if the employee has no password, only the SSO URL is sent to the employee.

    k. Save your 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

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, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

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

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

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create an SAP Business ByDesign test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in SAP Business ByDesign. Please work with SAP Business ByDesign Client support team to add the users in the SAP Business ByDesign platform.

Note

Please make sure that NameID value should match with the username field in the SAP Business ByDesign platform.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to SAP Business ByDesign, 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 SAP Business ByDesign.

    The SAP Business ByDesign 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.

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

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