Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Versal
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Versal with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Versal with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Versal.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Versal with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.
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.
- Versal single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Versal supports IDP initiated SSO
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Adding Versal from the gallery
To configure the integration of Versal into Azure AD, you need to add Versal from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Versal in the search box.
- Select Versal from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for Versal
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Versal 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 Versal.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Versal, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Versal SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Versal test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Versal that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Versal application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The Reply URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Reply URL. Contact Versal 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.
Versal application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. Versal application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Versal section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the email@example.com. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Versal.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Versal.
In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
If you're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Versal SSO
To configure single sign-on on Versal side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Versal support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Versal test user
In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in Versal. Follow the Creating a SAML test user support guide to create the user B.Simon within your organization. Users must be created and activated in Versal before you use single sign-on.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using a Versal course embedded within your website. Please see the Embedding Organizational Courses SAML Single Sign-On support guide for instructions on how to embed a Versal course with support for Azure AD single sign-on.
You will need to create a course, share it with your organization, and publish it in order to test course embedding. Please see Creating a course, Publishing a course, and Course and learner management for more information.