Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SpringCM

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

Integrating SpringCM with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

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

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

To add SpringCM 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 SpringCM.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

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

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

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://na11.springcm.com/atlas/SSO/SSOEndpoint.ashx?aid=<identifier>

    Note

    This value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact SpringCM Client support team to get this value.

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the SpringCM Configuration section, click Configure SpringCM 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

  7. In a different web browser window, sign on to your SpringCM company site as administrator.

  8. In the menu on the top, click GO TO, click Preferences, and then, in the Account Preferences section, click SAML SSO.

    SAML SSO

  9. In the Identity Provider Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    Identity Provider Configuration

    a. To upload your downloaded Azure Active Directory certificate, click Select Issuer Certificate or Change Issuer Certificate.

    b. Paste SAML Entity ID value, which you have copied from Azure portal into the Issuer textbox.

    c. Paste SAML Single Sign-On Service URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the Service Provider (SP) Initiated Endpoint textbox.

    d. Select SAML Enabled as Enable.

    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 SpringCM test user

To enable Azure Active Directory users to log in to SpringCM, they must be provisioned into SpringCM. In the case of SpringCM, provisioning is a manual task.

Note

For more information, see Create and Edit a SpringCM User.

To provision a user account to SpringCM, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your SpringCM company site as administrator.

  2. Click GOTO, and then click ADDRESS BOOK.

    Create User

  3. Click Create User.

  4. Select a User Role.

  5. Select Send Activation Email.

  6. Type the first name, last name, and email address of a valid Azure Active Directory user account you want to provision into the related textboxes.

  7. Add the user to a Security group.

  8. Click Save.

    Note

    You can use any other SpringCM user account creation tools or APIs provided by SpringCM 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 SpringCM.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to SpringCM, 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 SpringCM.

    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

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

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

For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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