Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Autodesk SSO

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Autodesk SSO.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Autodesk SSO 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.
  • Autodesk SSO single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Autodesk SSO supports SP initiated SSO.

  • Autodesk SSO supports Just In Time user provisioning.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Autodesk SSO 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 Autodesk SSO.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Autodesk SSO, 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 Autodesk SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Autodesk SSO test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Autodesk SSO 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 Autodesk SSO 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, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://www.okta.com/saml2/service-provider/<UNIQUE_ID>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://autodesk-prod.okta.com/sso/saml2/<UNIQUE_ID>

    c. In the Sign on URL text box, type the URL: https://autodesk-prod.okta.com/sso/saml2/


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Autodesk SSO 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.

  5. Autodesk SSO 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.


  6. In addition to above, Autodesk SSO 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
    firstName user.givenname
    lastName user.surname
    objectGUID user.objectid
    email user.mail
  7. 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.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up Autodesk SSO section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 Autodesk SSO.

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

To configure single sign-on on Autodesk SSO side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Autodesk SSO support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Autodesk SSO test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Autodesk SSO. Autodesk SSO supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Autodesk SSO, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

To test the Autodesk SSO, open the Autodesk console and click Test Connection button and authenticate using the test account which you have created in the Create an Azure AD test user section.

Next steps

Once you configure Autodesk SSO 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.