Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Small Improvements

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

Integrating Small Improvements with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Small Improvements 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 Trial offer.

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 Small Improvements from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

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

To add Small Improvements 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 Small Improvements.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Small Improvements, 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 Small Improvements based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In Small Improvements, 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 Small Improvements, 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 Small Improvements test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Small Improvements 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 Small Improvements application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Small Improvements, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Small Improvements 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 Small Improvements Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.small-improvements.com

    Note

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the Small Improvements Configuration section, click Configure Small Improvements to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. In another browser window, sign on to your Small Improvements company site as an administrator.

  8. From the main dashboard page, click Administration button on the left.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. Click the SAML SSO button from Integrations section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  10. On the SSO Setup page, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the HTTP Endpoint textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    b. Open your downloaded certificate in Notepad, copy the content, and then paste it into the x509 Certificate textbox.

    c. If you wish to have SSO and Login form authentication option available for users, then check the Enable access via login/password too option.

    d. Enter the appropriate value to Name the SSO Login button in the SAML Prompt textbox.

    e. 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 Small Improvements test user

To enable Azure AD users to log in to Small Improvements, they must be provisioned into Small Improvements. In the case of Small Improvements, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign-on to your Small Improvements company site as an administrator.

  2. From the Home page, go to the menu on the left, click Administration.

  3. Click the User Directory button from User Management section.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. Click Add users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. On the Add Users dialog, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. Enter the first name of user like Britta.

    b. Enter the Last name of user like Simon.

    c. Enter the Email of user like brittasimon@contoso.com.

    d. You can also choose to enter the personal message in the Send notification email box. If you do not wish to send the notification, then uncheck this checkbox.

    e. Click Create Users.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

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

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Small Improvements, 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 Small Improvements.

    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 SSO configuration using the Access Panel.

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

Additional resources