Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Watch by Colors
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Watch by Colors with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Watch by Colors with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Watch by Colors.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Watch by Colors 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.
- Watch by Colors single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Watch by Colors supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
Adding Watch by Colors from the gallery
To configure the integration of Watch by Colors into Azure AD, you need to add Watch by Colors 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 Watch by Colors in the search box.
- Select Watch by Colors 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 Watch by Colors
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Watch by Colors 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 Watch by Colors.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Watch by Colors, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Watch by Colors SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Watch by Colors test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Watch by Colors 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 Watch by Colors 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 Basic SAML Configuration section the application is pre-configured in IDP initiated mode and the necessary URLs are already pre-populated with Azure. The user needs to save the configuration by clicking the Save button.
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL:
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Watch by Colors.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Watch by Colors.
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 Watch by Colors SSO
To automate the configuration within Watch by Colors, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on setup Watch by Colors will direct you to the Watch by Colors application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Watch by Colors. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-5.
If you want to setup Watch by Colors manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Watch by Colors company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:
On the top-right corner of the page, click on profile > Account Settings > SSO (Single Sign On).
On the SSO (Single Sign On) page, perform the following steps:
a. Toggle Enable SAML to ON.
b. In the URL text box, paste the Federation Metadata Url, which you have copied from Azure portal.
c. Click Import, then the following fields get auto-populated automatically on the page.
d. Click Save.
Create Watch by Colors test user
To enable Azure AD users to sign in to Watch by Colors, they must be provisioned into Watch by Colors. In Watch by Colors, provisioning is a manual task.
To provision a user account, perform the following steps:
Sign in to Watch by Colors as a Security Administrator.
On the top-right corner of the page, click on profile > Users > Add User.
On the User Details page, perform the following steps:
a. In First Name text box, enter the first name of user like B.
b. In Last Name text box, enter the last name of user like Simon.
c. In Email text box, enter the email of user like
d. In Password text box, enter the password.
e. Select Account Permissions as per your organization.
f. Click Save.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Watch by Colors tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Watch by Colors for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.