Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with ASC Contracts

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to ASC Contracts.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to ASC Contracts 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.
  • ASC Contracts single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
  • Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.

Scenario description

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

  • ASC Contracts supports IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of ASC Contracts into Azure AD, you need to add ASC Contracts 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 ASC Contracts in the search box.
  6. Select ASC Contracts 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 ASC Contracts

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with ASC Contracts 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 ASC Contracts.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with ASC Contracts, 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 ASC Contracts SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create ASC Contracts test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in ASC Contracts 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 ASC Contracts 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.

    Screenshot shows to edit Basic S A M L Configuration.

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

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.asccontracts.com/shibboleth

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.asccontracts.com/shibboleth.sso/login


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact ASC Networks Inc. (ASC) team at 613.599.6178 to get these values.

  5. 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.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

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

    Screenshot shows to copy appropriate configuration U R L.

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 ASC Contracts.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select ASC Contracts.
  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 ASC Contracts SSO

To configure single sign-on on ASC Contracts side, call ASC Networks Inc. (ASC) support at 613.599.6178 and provide them with the downloaded Federation Metadata XML. They set this application up to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create ASC Contracts test user

Work with ASC Networks Inc. (ASC) support team at 613.599.6178 to get the users added in the ASC Contracts platform.

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 and you should be automatically signed in to the ASC Contracts for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the ASC Contracts tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the ASC Contracts for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure ASC Contracts 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 Cloud App Security.