Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with ScaleX Enterprise
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate ScaleX Enterprise with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating ScaleX Enterprise with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to ScaleX Enterprise
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to ScaleX Enterprise (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with ScaleX Enterprise, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A ScaleX Enterprise single-sign on enabled subscription
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 this is necessary.
- If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial here.
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:
- Adding ScaleX Enterprise from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding ScaleX Enterprise from the gallery
To configure the integration of ScaleX Enterprise in to Azure AD, you need to add ScaleX Enterprise from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add ScaleX Enterprise 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. Then go to All applications.
Click Add button on the top of the dialog.
In the search box, type ScaleX Enterprise.
In the results panel, select ScaleX Enterprise, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with ScaleX Enterprise based on a test user called "Britta Simon."
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in ScaleX Enterprise is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in ScaleX Enterprise needs to be established.
This link relationship is established by assigning the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username in ScaleX Enterprise.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with ScaleX Enterprise, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating a ScaleX Enterprise test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in ScaleX Enterprise that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 ScaleX Enterprise application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with ScaleX Enterprise, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the ScaleX Enterprise application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, as Mode select SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the ScaleX Enterprise Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode:
a. In the Identifier textbox, type the value using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
Check Show advanced URL settings, if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the value using the following pattern:
These are not the real values. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL or Sign-On URL. Contact ScaleX Enterprise Client support team to get these values.
Your ScaleX application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to modify custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. Click View and edit all other user attributes checkbox to open the custom attributes settings.
a. Right click the attribute name and click delete.
b. Click emailaddress attribute to open the Edit Attribute window. Change its value from user.mail to user.userprincipalname and click Ok.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate (Base64) and then save the Certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the ScaleX Enterprise Configuration section, click Configure ScaleX Enterprise to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Entity ID and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
To configure single sign-on on ScaleX Enterprise side, login to the ScaleX Enterprise company website as an administrator.
Click the menu in the upper right and select Contoso Administration.
Contoso is just an example. This should be your actual Company Name.
Select Integrations from the top menu and select Single Sign-On.
Complete the form as follows:
a. Select “Create any user who can authenticate with SSO.”
b. Service Provider saml: Paste the value urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent
c. Name of Identity Provider email field in ACS response: Paste the value
d. Identity Provider EntityDescriptor Entity ID: Paste the SAML Entity ID value copied from the Azure portal.
e. Identity Provider SingleSignOnService URL: Paste the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Azure portal.
f. Identity Provider public X509 certificate: Open the X509 certificate downloaded from the Azure in notepad and paste the contents in this box. Ensure there are no line breaks in the middle of the certificate contents.
g. Check the following checkboxes: Enabled, Encrypt NameID and Sign AuthnRequests.
h. Click Update SSO Settings to save the settings.
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.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Go to Users and groups and click All users to display the list of users.
At the top of the dialog, click Add to open the User dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
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 ScaleX Enterprise test user
To enable Azure AD users to log in to ScaleX Enterprise, they must be provisioned in to ScaleX Enterprise. In the case of ScaleX Enterprise, provisioning is an automatic task and no manual steps are required. Any user who can successfully authenticate with SSO credentials will be automatically provisioned on the ScaleX side.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting user access to ScaleX Enterprise.
To assign Britta Simon to ScaleX Enterprise, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select ScaleX Enterprise.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
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.
Click the ScaleX Enterprise tile in the Access Panel, you will get automatically signed-on to your ScaleX Enterprise application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.