Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Tidemark

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Tidemark with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Tidemark with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Tidemark.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Tidemark (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Tidemark, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
  • Tidemark single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Tidemark supports SP initiated SSO

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

To add Tidemark 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 and then select the All Applications option.

    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 Tidemark, select Tidemark from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Tidemark 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 Tidemark based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Tidemark needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Tidemark, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Tidemark Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Tidemark test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Tidemark that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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.

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Tidemark application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    Tidemark Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:

    • https://<subdomain>.tidemark.com/login
    • https://<subdomain>.tidemark.net/login

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:

    • https://<subdomain>.tidemark.com/saml
    • https://<subdomain>.tidemark.net/saml

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact Tidemark 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.

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Tidemark section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure AD Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Tidemark Single Sign-On

To configure single sign-on on Tidemark side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Tidemark support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension. For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com

    c. Select 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 Tidemark.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Tidemark.

    The Tidemark link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

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

    The Add Assignment pane

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

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

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

Create Tidemark test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Tidemark. Work with Tidemark support team to add the users in the Tidemark platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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