Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Standard for Success Accreditation

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Standard for Success Accreditation.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Standard for Success Accreditation with their Azure AD accounts.

Prerequisites

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.
  • Standard for Success Accreditation single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Standard for Success Accreditation supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Standard for Success Accreditation into Azure AD, you need to add Standard for Success Accreditation 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 Standard for Success Accreditation in the search box.
  6. Select Standard for Success Accreditation from the results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Standard for Success Accreditation

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Standard for Success Accreditation 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 Standard for Success Accreditation.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Standard for Success Accreditation, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Standard for Success Accreditation SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Standard for Success Accreditation test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Standard for Success Accreditation 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 Standard for Success Accreditation 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 pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a value using the following pattern: api://<ApplicationId>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://edu.sfsed.com/access/saml_consume?did=<INSTITUTION-ID>

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

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://edu.sfsed.com/access/saml_int?did=<INSTITUTION-ID>

    b. In the Relay State text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://edu.sfsed.com/access/saml_consume?did=<INSTITUTION-ID>

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL, Sign-on URL and Relay State. Contact Standard for Success Accreditation Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.

    Edit SAML Signing Certificate

  7. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint Value and save it on your computer.

    Copy Thumbprint value

  8. On the Set up Standard for Success Accreditation 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@institutiondomain.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 Standard for Success Accreditation.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Standard for Success Accreditation.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  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 are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Standard for Success Accreditation SSO

  1. Open a new web browser window and sign into the Standard for Success Accreditation site as an administrator with superuser access.

  2. From the menu, click on Admin Portal.

  3. Scroll down to Single Sign On Settings and click the Microsoft Azure Single Sign On link and perform the following steps.

    Screenshot that shows how to enable Azure single sign-on in Standard for Success Accreditation.

    a. Select the Enable Azure Single Sign On checkbox.

    b. Fill the URL and Identifier fields with the appropriate URLs copied from the Azure portal SAML setup.

    c. Fill the Application ID in the Application ID text box.

    d. In the Certificate Thumbprint text box, paste the Thumbprint Value that you copied from the Azure portal.

    e. Click Save.

Create Standard for Success Accreditation test user

  1. Sign in to Standard for Success Accreditation as an Administrator with superuser privileges.

  2. From the menu, click on Admin Portal > Create New Evaluatee and perform the following steps.

    creating test user.

    a. In First Name text box, enter B.

    b. In Last Name text box, enter Simon.

    c. In University Email text box, enter the email address you added for B.Simon within Azure.

    d. Scroll to the bottom and Click Create User.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Standard for Success Accreditation Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Standard for Success Accreditation Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Standard for Success Accreditation for which you set up the SSO

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Standard for Success Accreditation tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Standard for Success Accreditation for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Standard for Success Accreditation you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.