Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SD Elements

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate SD Elements with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating SD Elements with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A SD Elements 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 here.

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 SD Elements from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add SD Elements from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

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

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type SD Elements.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select SD Elements, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with SD Elements based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In SD Elements, 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 SD Elements, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a SD Elements test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SD Elements that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 SD Elements application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with SD Elements, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SD Elements application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the SD Elements Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<tenantname>.sdelements.com/sso/saml2/metadata

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<tenantname>.sdelements.com/sso/saml2/acs/

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact SD Elements support team to get these values.

  4. SD Elements application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the "User Attribute" tab of the application. The following screenshot shows an example for this.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. In the User Attributes section on the Single sign-on dialog, configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image and perform the following steps:

    Attribute Name Attribute Value
    email user.mail
    firstname user.givenname
    lastname user.surname

    a. Click Add attribute to open the Add Attribute dialog.

    Configure Single Sign-On

    Configure Single Sign-On

    b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.

    c. From the Value list, type the attribute value shown for that row.

    d. Click Ok.

  6. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate (Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. On the SD Elements Configuration section, click Configure SD Elements to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. To get single sign-on enabled, contact your SD Elements support team and provide them with the downloaded certificate file.

  10. In a different browser window, sign-on to your SD Elements tenant as an administrator.

  11. In the menu on the top, click System, and then Single Sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  12. On the Single Sign-On Settings dialog, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. As SSO Type, select SAML.

    b. In the Identity Provider Entity ID textbox, paste the value of SAML Entity ID, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. In the Identity Provider Single Sign-On Service textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    d. Click Save.

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

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    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 SD Elements test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in SD Elements. In the case of SD Elements, creating SD Elements users is a manual task.

To create Britta Simon in SD Elements, perform the following steps:

  1. In a web browser window, sign-on to your SD Elements company site as an administrator.

  2. In the menu on the top, click User Management, and then Users.

    Creating a SD Elements test user

  3. Click Add New User.

    Creating a SD Elements test user

  4. On the Add New User dialog, perform the following steps:

    Creating a SD Elements test user

    a. In the E-mail textbox, enter the email of user like brittasimon@contoso.com.

    b. In the First Name textbox, enter the first name of user like Britta.

    c. In the Last Name textbox, enter the last name of user like Simon.

    d. As Role, select User.

    e. Click Create User.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to SD Elements.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to SD Elements, 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 SD Elements.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  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.

Testing single sign-on

The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the SD Elements tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your SD Elements application.

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