Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with SmartDraw

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate SmartDraw with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate SmartDraw with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to SmartDraw.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to SmartDraw with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • SmartDraw single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • SmartDraw supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • SmartDraw supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type SmartDraw in the search box.
  6. Select SmartDraw from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for SmartDraw

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with SmartDraw using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in SmartDraw.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with SmartDraw, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure SmartDraw SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    • Create SmartDraw test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in SmartDraw that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SmartDraw application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://cloud.smartdraw.com/sso/saml/login/<domain>


    The Sign-on URL value is not real. You will update the Sign-on URL value with the actual Sign-on URL, which is explained later in the tutorial. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. Click Save.

  7. SmartDraw application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes.


  8. In addition to above, SmartDraw application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    FirstName user.givenname
    LastName user.surname
    Email user.mail
    Groups user.groups
  9. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  10. On the Set up SmartDraw section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to SmartDraw.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select SmartDraw.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add User link

  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure SmartDraw SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within SmartDraw, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Set up SmartDraw will direct you to the SmartDraw application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into SmartDraw. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-5.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to setup SmartDraw manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your SmartDraw company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. Click on Single Sign-On under Manage your SmartDraw License.

    Screenshot shows the Manage your SmartDraw License dialog box where you can select Single Sign-On.

  5. On the Configuration page, perform the following steps:

    Screenshot shows the Configuration page where you can enter the values described.

    a. In the Your Domain (like acme.com) textbox, type your domain.

    b. Copy the Your SP Initiated Login Url will be for your instance and paste it in Sign-on URL textbox in Basic SAML Configuration on Azure portal.

    c. In the Security Groups to Allow SmartDraw Access textbox, type Everyone.

    d. In the Your SAML Issuer Url textbox, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    e. In Notepad, open the Metadata XML file that you downloaded from the Azure portal, copy its content, and then paste it into the Your SAML MetaData box.

    f. Click Save Configuration

Create SmartDraw test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in SmartDraw. SmartDraw supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in SmartDraw, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the SmartDraw tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the SmartDraw for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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