Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with AppBlade
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate AppBlade with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating AppBlade with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to AppBlade.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to AppBlade (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.
To configure Azure AD integration with AppBlade, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
- AppBlade single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- AppBlade supports SP initiated SSO
- AppBlade supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding AppBlade from the gallery
To configure the integration of AppBlade into Azure AD, you need to add AppBlade from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add AppBlade 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 and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type AppBlade, select AppBlade 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 AppBlade based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in AppBlade needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with AppBlade, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure AppBlade Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create AppBlade test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in AppBlade that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- 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.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with AppBlade, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the AppBlade application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact AppBlade Client support team to get the value. 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, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up AppBlade section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure Ad Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure AppBlade Single Sign-On
To configure single sign-on on AppBlade side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to AppBlade support team. Also, please ask them to configure the SSO Issuer URL as
https://appblade.com/saml. This setting is required for single sign-on to work.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type email@example.com
For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com
c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to AppBlade.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select AppBlade.
In the applications list, select AppBlade.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create AppBlade test user
The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in AppBlade. AppBlade supports just-in-time provisioning, which is by default enabled. Make sure that your domain name is configured with AppBlade for user provisioning. After that only the just-in-time user provisioning works.
If the user has an email address ending with the domain configured by AppBlade for your account, then the user will automatically join the account as a member with the permission level you specify, which is one of "Basic" (a basic user who can only install applications), "Team Member" (a user who can upload new app versions and manage projects), or "Administrator" (full admin privileges to the account). Normally one would choose Basic and then promote users manually via an Admin login (AppBlade needs to configure either an email-based admin login in advance or promote a user on behalf of the customer after login).
There is no action item for you in this section. A new user is created during an attempt to access AppBlade if it doesn't exist yet.
If you need to create a user manually, you need to contact the AppBlade support team.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the AppBlade tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the AppBlade for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.