Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with ThousandEyes

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

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

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

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

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

To add ThousandEyes 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 ThousandEyes.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

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

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

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

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

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

    Configure Single Sign-On

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL as: https://app.thousandeyes.com/login/sso

  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 ThousandEyes Configuration section, click Configure ThousandEyes to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, 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 ThousandEyes company site as an administrator.

  8. In the menu on the top, click Settings.

    Settings

  9. Click Account

    Account

  10. Click the Security & Authentication tab.

    Security & Authentication

  11. In the Setup Single Sign-On section, perform the following steps:

    Setup Single Sign-On

    a. Select Enable Single Sign-On.

    b. In Login Page URL textbox, paste SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. In Logout Page URL textbox, paste Sign-Out URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    d. Identity Provider Issuer textbox, paste SAML Entity ID, which you have copied from Azure portal.

    e. In Verification Certificate, click Choose file, and then upload the certificate you have downloaded from Azure portal.

    f. Click Save.

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 ThousandEyes test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in ThousandEyes. ThousandEyes supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

If you need to create user manually, perform following steps:

  1. Log into your ThousandEyes company site as an administrator.

  2. Click Settings.

    Settings

  3. Click Account.

    Account

  4. Click the Accounts & Users tab.

    Accounts & Users

  5. In the Add Users & Accounts section, perform the following steps:

    Add User Accounts

    a. In Name textbox, type the name of user like Britta Simon.

    b. In Email textbox, type the email of user like brittasimon@contoso.com.

    b. Click Add New User to Account.

    Note

    The Azure Active Directory account holder will get an email including a link to confirm and activate the account.

Note

You can use any other ThousandEyes user account creation tools or APIs provided by ThousandEyes to provision Azure Active Directory 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 ThousandEyes.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to ThousandEyes, 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 ThousandEyes.

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

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

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