Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Beeline

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Beeline only supports IDP initiated SSO.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Beeline 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 Beeline.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Beeline, 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 Beeline SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Beeline test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Beeline 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 Beeline 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 Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://projects.beeline.com/<ProjInstance_Name>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://projects.beeline.com/<ProjInstance_Name>/SSO_External.ashx

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Beeline 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. The Beeline application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Please work with Beeline support team first to identify the correct user identifier which will be mapped into the application. Also please take the guidance from Beeline support team about the attribute which they want to use for this mapping. You can manage the value of this attribute from the User Attributes tab of the application. The following screenshot shows an example for this. Here we have mapped the User Identifier claim with the userprincipalname attribute, which provides unique user ID, which will be sent to the Beeline application in every successful SAML response.

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  6. 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.

    The Certificate download link

  7. In the Azure portal, on the Beeline application integration page, select Properties and copy the User Access URL.

    Copy User Access URL

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 Beeline.

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

To configure single sign-on on Beeline side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and the User Access URL from the Azure portal properties to Beeline support team. They require the metadata and User Access URL so that the SAML SSO connection is configured properly on both sides.

Create Beeline test user

In this section, you will create a user, Britta Simon, in Beeline. The Beeline application needs all users to be provisioned in the application before doing Single Sign On. So work with the Beeline support team to provision all these users into the application.

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 Beeline for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Beeline tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Beeline 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 Beeline 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.