Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with AlexisHR
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate AlexisHR with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate AlexisHR with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to AlexisHR.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to AlexisHR 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.
- AlexisHR single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- AlexisHR supports IDP initiated SSO.
Add AlexisHR from the gallery
To configure the integration of AlexisHR into Azure AD, you need to add AlexisHR 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 AlexisHR in the search box.
- Select AlexisHR 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 AlexisHR
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with AlexisHR 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 AlexisHR.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with AlexisHR, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure AlexisHR SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create AlexisHR test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in AlexisHR 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 AlexisHR 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, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a value 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 AlexisHR 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.
AlexisHR 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, AlexisHR 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.
Name Source Attribute user.mail
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 AlexisHR 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 AlexisHR.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select AlexisHR.
- 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 AlexisHR SSO
Log in to your AlexisHR company site as an administrator.
Go to Settings > SAML Single sign-on and click New identity provider.
In the New identity provider section, perform the following steps:
In the Identity provider SSO URL textbox, paste the Login URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.
In the Identity provider sign out URL textbox, paste the Logout URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.
Open the downloaded Certificate (Base64) from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the Public x509 certificate textbox.
Click Create identity provider.
After creating identity provider, you will receive the following information.
Copy Audience URI value, paste this value into the Identifier text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
Copy Assertion Consumer Service URL value, paste this value into the Reply URL text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
Create AlexisHR test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in AlexisHR. Work with AlexisHR support team to add the users in the AlexisHR platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 AlexisHR for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the AlexisHR tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the AlexisHR for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure AlexisHR 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.