Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Benefitsolver
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Benefitsolver with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Benefitsolver with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Benefitsolver.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Benefitsolver 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.
- Benefitsolver single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- Benefitsolver supports SP initiated SSO.
Add Benefitsolver from the gallery
To configure the integration of Benefitsolver into Azure AD, you need to add Benefitsolver 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 Benefitsolver in the search box.
- Select Benefitsolver 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 Benefitsolver
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Benefitsolver 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 Benefitsolver.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Benefitsolver, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure Benefitsolver SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Benefitsolver test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Benefitsolver 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 Benefitsolver 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, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type the URL using the following pattern:
c. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign on URL. Contact Benefitsolver 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.
Benefitsolver application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on application integration page. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit button to open User Attributes dialog.
In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, edit the claims by using Edit icon or add the claims by using Add new claim to configure SAML token attribute as shown in the image above and perform the following steps:
Name Source Attribute ClientID You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team. ClientKey You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team. LogoutURL You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team. EmployeeID You need to get this value from your Benefitsolver Client support team.
a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
c. Leave the Namespace blank.
d. Select Source as Attribute.
e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.
f. Click Ok
g. Click Save.
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.
On the Set up Benefitsolver section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per 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 Benefitsolver.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Benefitsolver.
- 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 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.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Benefitsolver SSO
To configure single sign-on on Benefitsolver side, you need to send the downloaded Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Benefitsolver support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Your Benefitsolver support team has to do the actual SSO configuration. You will get a notification when SSO has been enabled for your subscription.
Create Benefitsolver test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Benefitsolver. Work with Benefitsolver support team to add the users in the Benefitsolver platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 Benefitsolver Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Benefitsolver Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Benefitsolver tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Benefitsolver Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Benefitsolver 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.
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