Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Asana

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Asana with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Asana with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Asana.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Asana with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

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.
  • Asana single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

To configure the integration of Asana into Azure AD, you need to add Asana from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Asana in the search box.
  6. Select Asana 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 Asana

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Asana 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 Asana.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Asana, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Asana SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Asana test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Asana that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Asana application integration page, find the Manage section and select Single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    Asana Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type the URL: https://app.asana.com/

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type the URL: https://app.asana.com/

    c. In the Reply URL (Assertion Consumer Service URL) text box, type the URL: https://app.asana.com/-/saml/consume

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Asana section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Asana.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Asana.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Asana SSO

  1. In a different browser window, sign-on to your Asana application. To configure SSO in Asana, access the workspace settings by clicking the workspace name on the top right corner of the screen. Then, click on <your workspace name> Settings.

    Asana sso settings

  2. On the Organization settings window, click Administration. Then, click Members must log in via SAML to enable the SSO configuration. The perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On Organization settings

    a. In the Sign-in page URL textbox, paste the Login URL.

    b. Right click the certificate downloaded from Azure portal, then open the certificate file using Notepad or your preferred text editor. Copy the content between the begin and the end certificate title and paste it in the X.509 Certificate textbox.

  3. Click Save. Go to Asana guide for setting up SSO if you need further assistance.

Create Asana test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Asana. Asana supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

If you need to create user manually, please perform following steps:

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Asana.

  1. On Asana, go to the Teams section on the left panel. Click the plus sign button.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. Type the email of the user like britta.simon@contoso.com in the text box and then select Invite.

  3. Click Send Invite. The new user will receive an email into their email account. user will need to create and validate the account.

Test SSO

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 Asana Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Asana Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Asana tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Asana Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Asana 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.