Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Springer Link

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

Integrating Springer Link with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

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

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

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

To add Springer Link 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 Springer Link, select Springer Link from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Springer Link 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 Springer Link based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

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

In Springer Link, 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 Springer Link, 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. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  4. 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 Springer Link application.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Springer Link 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 Springer Link Domain and URLs section, If you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode:

    Springer Link Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type the URL: https://fsso.springer.com

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type the URL: https://fsso-qa1.springer.com/federation/Consumer/metaAlias/SpringerServiceProvider

  4. Check Show advanced URL settings. If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    Springer Link Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the URL : https://fsso.springer.com/federation/Consumer/metaAlias/SpringerServiceProvider

  5. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click the copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and paste it into notepad.

    The Certificate download link

  6. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  7. To configure single sign-on on Springer Link side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Springer Link support team.

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.

Assign the Azure AD test user

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

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Springer Link, 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 Springer Link.

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

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