Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with AlertMedia
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate AlertMedia with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate AlertMedia with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to AlertMedia.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to AlertMedia 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.
- AlertMedia single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- AlertMedia supports IDP initiated SSO.
- AlertMedia supports Just In Time user provisioning.
- AlertMedia supports Automated user provisioning.
Add AlertMedia from the gallery
To configure the integration of AlertMedia into Azure AD, you need to add AlertMedia 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 AlertMedia in the search box.
- Select AlertMedia from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.
Alternatively, you can also use the Enterprise App Configuration Wizard. In this wizard, you can add an application to your tenant, add users/groups to the app, assign roles, as well as walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.
Configure and test Azure AD SSO for AlertMedia
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with AlertMedia 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 AlertMedia.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with AlertMedia, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure AlertMedia SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create AlertMedia test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in AlertMedia 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 AlertMedia 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 Set up single sign-on with SAML page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact AlertMedia 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.
AlertMedia 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.
In addition to above, AlertMedia application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.
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 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 AlertMedia.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select AlertMedia.
- 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 AlertMedia SSO
In a new web browser window, sign in to your AlertMedia company site as an administrator.
Navigate to Company and select Single Sign-On.
In the Authentication Method, select Remote SAML Metadata.
Toggle ON the Sign Request.
Toggle ON the Allow Passive Requests.
In the MetaData URL textbox, paste the App Federation Metadata Url value, which you have copied fro the Azure portal.
Select Requested Authentication Context Comparison as exact.
In IDP Login URL textbox, paste the Login URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.
Create AlertMedia test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in AlertMedia. AlertMedia supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in AlertMedia, a new one is created after authentication.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the AlertMedia for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the AlertMedia tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the AlertMedia for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure AlertMedia 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.
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