Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Workstars
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Workstars with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Workstars with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Workstars.
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Workstars (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Workstars, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Workstars single sign-on enabled subscription
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.
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:
- Adding Workstars from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Workstars from the gallery
To configure the integration of Workstars into Azure AD, you need to add Workstars from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Workstars from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Workstars, select Workstars from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Workstars based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Workstars is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Workstars needs to be established.
In Workstars, 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 Workstars, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Create a Workstars test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Workstars that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 and configure single sign-on in your Workstars application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Workstars, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Workstars application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the Workstars Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier textbox, type the URL:
b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Reply URL. Contact Workstars support team to get the value.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate (Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Workstars Configuration section, click Configure Workstars 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.
In another browser window, sign on to your Workstars company site as an administrator.
In the main toolbar, click Settings.
Go to Sign On > Settings.
On the Single Sign On (SAML) - Settings page, perform the following steps:
a. In Identity Provider Name textbox, type Office 365.
b. In the Identity Provider Entity ID textbox, paste the value of SAML Entity ID, which you have copied from Azure portal.
c. Copy the content of the downloaded certificate file in notepad, and then paste it into the x509 Certificate textbox.
d. In the SAML SSO URL textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.
e. In the Remote Logout URL textbox, paste the value of Sign-Out URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.
f. select Name ID as Email (Default).
g. Click Confirm.
You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.
To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.
In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.
c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Create a Workstars test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Workstars. Work with Workstars support team to add the users in the Workstars platform.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Workstars.
To assign Britta Simon to Workstars, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select Workstars.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Workstars tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Workstars application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.