Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with BenSelect
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate BenSelect with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate BenSelect with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to BenSelect.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to BenSelect 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.
- BenSelect single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- BenSelect supports IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add BenSelect from the gallery
To configure the integration of BenSelect into Azure AD, you need to add BenSelect 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 BenSelect in the search box.
- Select BenSelect 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 BenSelect
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with BenSelect 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 BenSelect.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with BenSelect, 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 BenSelect SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create BenSelect test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in BenSelect 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 BenSelect 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 step:
In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Reply URL. Contact BenSelect Client support team to get the value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
BenSelect 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.
Click on the Edit icon to edit the Name identifier value.
On the Manage user claims section, perform the following steps:
a. Select Transformation as a Source.
b. In the Transformation dropdown list, select ExtractMailPrefix().
c. In the Parameter 1 dropdown list, select user.userprincipalname.
d. Click Save.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Raw) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up BenSelect section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 BenSelect.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select BenSelect.
- 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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure BenSelect SSO
To configure single sign-on on BenSelect side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Raw) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to BenSelect support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
You need to mention that this integration requires the SHA256 algorithm (SHA1 is not supported) to set the SSO on the appropriate server like app2101 etc.
Create BenSelect test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in BenSelect. Work with BenSelect support team to add the users in the BenSelect 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 and you should be automatically signed in to the BenSelect for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the BenSelect tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the BenSelect for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure BenSelect 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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