Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with PurelyHR
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate PurelyHR with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate PurelyHR with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to PurelyHR.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to PurelyHR with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
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.
- PurelyHR single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- PurelyHR supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- PurelyHR supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add PurelyHR from the gallery
To configure the integration of PurelyHR into Azure AD, you need to add PurelyHR 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 PurelyHR in the search box.
- Select PurelyHR 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 SSO for PurelyHR
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with PurelyHR 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 PurelyHR.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with PurelyHR, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure PurelyHR SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create PurelyHR test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in PurelyHR 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 PurelyHR 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 pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following step:
In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
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 using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign-On URL. Contact PurelyHR 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.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up PurelyHR 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 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 PurelyHR.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select PurelyHR.
- 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 are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure PurelyHR SSO
To automate the configuration within PurelyHR, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on Set up PurelyHR will direct you to the PurelyHR application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into PurelyHR. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-5.
If you want to set up PurelyHR manually, open a new web browser window and sign in to your PurelyHR company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:
Open the Dashboard from the options in the toolbar and click SSO Settings.
Paste the values in the boxes as described below-
a. Open the Certificate(Bas64) downloaded from the Azure portal in notepad and copy the certificate value. Paste the copied value into the X.509 Certificate box.
b. In the Idp Issuer URL box, paste the Azure AD Identifier copied from the Azure portal.
c. In the Idp Endpoint URL box, paste the Login URL copied from the Azure portal.
d. Check the Auto-Create Users checkbox to enable automatic user provisioning in PurelyHR.
e. Click Save Changes to save the settings.
Create PurelyHR test user
This step is usually not required as the application supports just in time user provisioning. If the automatic user provisioning is not enabled then manual user creation can be done as described below.
Sign into your Velpic SAML company site as an administrator and perform following steps:
Click on Manage tab and go to Users section, then click on New button to add users.
On the “Create New User” dialog page, perform the following steps.
a. In the First Name textbox, type the first name of B.
b. In the Last Name textbox, type the last name of Simon.
c. In the User Name textbox, type the user name of B.Simon.
d. In the Email textbox, type the email address of B.Simon@contoso.com account.
e. Rest of the information is optional, you can fill it if needed.
f. Click SAVE.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to PurelyHR Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to PurelyHR Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the PurelyHR for which you set up the SSO.
You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the PurelyHR tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the PurelyHR for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure PurelyHR you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.