Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SilkRoad Life Suite

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate SilkRoad Life Suite with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating SilkRoad Life Suite with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite, select SilkRoad Life Suite from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In SilkRoad Life Suite, 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 SilkRoad Life Suite, 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 a SilkRoad Life Suite test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with SilkRoad Life Suite, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    SilkRoad Life Suite Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.silkroad-eng.com/Authentication/

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:

    https://<subdomain>.silkroad-eng.com/Authentication/SP
    https://<subdomain>.silkroad.com/Authentication/SP

    c. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:

    https://<subdomain>.silkroad-eng.com/Authentication/
    https://<subdomain>.silkroad.com/Authentication/

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL, and Sign-On URL. Contact SilkRoad Life Suite Client support team to get these values.

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

    The Certificate download link

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  6. On the SilkRoad Life Suite Configuration section, click Configure SilkRoad Life Suite to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    SilkRoad Life Suite Configuration

  7. Sign-on to your SilkRoad company site as administrator.

    Note

    To obtain access to the SilkRoad Life Suite Authentication application for configuring federation with Microsoft Azure AD, please contact SilkRoad Support or your SilkRoad Services representative.

  8. Go to Service Provider, and then click Federation Details.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

  9. Click Download Federation Metadata, and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

  10. In your SilkRoad application, click Authentication Sources.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

  11. Click Add Authentication Source.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

  12. In the Add Authentication Source section, perform the following steps:

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

    a. Under Option 2 - Metadata File, click Browse to upload the downloaded metadata file from Azure portal.

    b. Click Create Identity Provider using File Data.

  13. In the Authentication Sources section, click Edit.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

  14. On the Edit Authentication Source dialog, perform the following steps:

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

    a. As Enabled, select Yes.

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

    c. In the IdP Description textbox, type a description for your configuration (for example: Azure AD SSO).

    d. In the Metadata File textbox, Upload the metadata file which you have downloaded from Azure portal.

    e. In the IdP Name textbox, type a name that is specific to your configuration (for example: Azure SP).

    f. In the Logout Service URL textbox, paste the value of Sign-Out URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    g. In the sign-on service URL textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    h. Click Save.

  15. Disable all other authentication sources.

    Azure AD Single Sign-On

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 a SilkRoad Life Suite test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in SilkRoad Life Suite. Work with SilkRoad Life Suite Client support team to add the users in the SilkRoad Life Suite platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to SilkRoad Life Suite.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to SilkRoad Life Suite, 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 SilkRoad Life Suite.

    The SilkRoad Life Suite 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 SilkRoad Life Suite tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your SilkRoad Life Suite application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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