Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SimpleNexus
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate SimpleNexus with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating SimpleNexus with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to SimpleNexus
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to SimpleNexus (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 SimpleNexus, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A SimpleNexus 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 it 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 SimpleNexus from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding SimpleNexus from the gallery
To configure the integration of SimpleNexus into Azure AD, you need to add SimpleNexus from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add SimpleNexus 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.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type SimpleNexus.
In the results panel, select SimpleNexus, 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 SimpleNexus based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in SimpleNexus is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in SimpleNexus needs to be established.
In SimpleNexus, 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 SimpleNexus, 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 SimpleNexus test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SimpleNexus 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 SimpleNexus application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with SimpleNexus, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the SimpleNexus application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the SimpleNexus Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Identifier. Contact SimpleNexus Client support team to get these values.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.
Click Save button.
To configure single sign-on on SimpleNexus side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML to SimpleNexus support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
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.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.
To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the 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 SimpleNexus test user
In order to enable Azure AD users to log in to SimpleNexus, they must be provisioned into SimpleNexus.
In the case of SimpleNexus, provisioning is a manual task performed by the tenant administrator.
You can use any other SimpleNexus user account creation tools or APIs provided by SimpleNexus to provision AAD user accounts.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to SimpleNexus.
To assign Britta Simon to SimpleNexus, 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 SimpleNexus.
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
The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the SimpleNexus tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your SimpleNexus application.