Tutorial: Integrate Appraisd with Azure Active Directory
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Appraisd with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Appraisd with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Appraisd.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Appraisd 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.
- Appraisd single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Appraisd supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Add Appraisd from the gallery
To configure the integration of Appraisd into Azure AD, you need to add Appraisd 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 Appraisd in the search box.
- Select Appraisd 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 Appraisd
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Appraisd 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 Appraisd.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Appraisd, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Appraisd SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Appraisd test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Appraisd 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 Appraisd 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, the application is pre-configured and the necessary URLs are already pre-populated with Azure. The user needs to save the configuration by clicking the Save button and perform the following steps:
a. Click Set additional URLs.
b. In the Relay State text box, type the value:
c. 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:
You get the actual Sign-on URL and Relay State value on the Appraisd SSO Configuration page which is explained later in the tutorial.
Appraisd 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, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. Appraisd application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.
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 Appraisd 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 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 Appraisd.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Appraisd.
- 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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Appraisd SSO
To automate the configuration within Appraisd, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup Appraisd will direct you to the Appraisd application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Appraisd. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-7.
If you want to setup Appraisd manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Appraisd company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:
On the top right of the page, click on Settings icon, then navigate to Configuration.
From the Left side of menu, click on SAML single sign-on.
On the SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On configuration page, perform the following steps:
a. Copy the Default Relay State value and paste it in Relay State textbox in Basic SAML Configuration on Azure portal.
b. Copy the Service-initiated login URL value and paste it in Sign-on URL textbox in Basic SAML Configuration on Azure portal.
Scroll down the same page under Identifying users, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL textbox, paste the value of Login URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal and click Save.
b. In the Identity Provider Issuer URL textbox, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier, which you have copied from the Azure portal and click Save.
c. In Notepad, open the base-64 encoded certificate that you downloaded from the Azure portal, copy its content, and then paste it into the X.509 Certificate box and click Save.
Create Appraisd test user
To enable Azure AD users sign in to Appraisd, they must be provisioned into Appraisd. In Appraisd, provisioning is a manual task.
To provision a user account, perform the following steps:
Sign in to Appraisd as a Security Administrator.
On the top right of the page, click on Settings icon, then navigate to Administration center.
In the toolbar at the top of the page, click People, then navigate to Add a new user.
On the Add a new user page, perform the following steps:
a. In First name text box, enter the first name of user like Britta.
b. In Last name text box, enter the last name of user like simon.
c. In Email text box, enter the email of user like
d. Click Add user.
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 Appraisd Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Appraisd 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 Appraisd 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 Appraisd 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 Appraisd for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Appraisd 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.