Tutorial: Configure Blink for automatic user provisioning
The objective of this tutorial is to demonstrate the steps to be performed in Blink and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to configure Azure AD to automatically provision and de-provision users to Blink.
This tutorial describes a connector built on top of the Azure AD User Provisioning Service. For important details on what this service does, how it works, and frequently asked questions, see Automate user provisioning and deprovisioning to SaaS applications with Azure Active Directory.
The scenario outlined in this tutorial assumes that you already have the following prerequisites:
- An Azure AD tenant
- A Blink tenant
- A user account in Blink with Admin permissions.
This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.
Assigning users to Blink
Azure Active Directory uses a concept called assignments to determine which users should receive access to selected apps. In the context of automatic user provisioning, only the users and/or group members that have been assigned to an application in Azure AD are synchronized.
Before configuring and enabling automatic user provisioning, you should decide which users and/or group members in Azure AD need access to Blink. Once decided, you can assign these users and/or groups to Blink by following the instructions here:
Important tips for assigning users to Blink
It is recommended that a single Azure AD user is assigned to Blink to test the automatic user provisioning configuration. Additional users and/or groups may be assigned later.
When assigning a user to Blink, you must select any valid application-specific role (if available) in the assignment dialog. Users with the Default Access role are excluded from provisioning.
Setup Blink for provisioning
Log a Support Case or email Blink support at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a SCIM token.
Copy the SCIM Authentication Token. This value will be entered in the Secret Token field in the Provisioning tab of your Blink application in the Azure portal.
Add Blink from the gallery
Before configuring Blink for automatic user provisioning with Azure AD, you need to add Blink from the Azure AD application gallery to your list of managed SaaS applications.
To add Blink from the Azure AD application gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, in the left navigation panel, select Azure Active Directory.
Go to Enterprise applications, and then select All applications.
To add a new application, select the New application button at the top of the pane.
In the search box, enter Blink, select Blink in the results panel, and then click the Add button to add the application.
Configuring automatic user provisioning to Blink
This section guides you through the steps to configure the Azure AD provisioning service to create, update, and disable users in Blink based on user and/or group assignments in Azure AD.
You may also choose to enable SAML-based single sign-on for Blink, following the instructions provided in the Blink Single sign-on tutorial. Single sign-on can be configured independently of automatic user provisioning, though these two features compliment each other
To configure automatic user provisioning for Blink in Azure AD:
Sign in to the Azure portal. Select Enterprise Applications, then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Blink.
Select the Provisioning tab.
Set the Provisioning Mode to Automatic.
Under the Admin Credentials section, input
https://api.joinblink.com/scimin Tenant URL. Input the SCIM Authentication Token value retrieved earlier in Secret Token. Click Test Connection to ensure Azure AD can connect to Blink. If the connection fails, ensure your Blink account has Admin permissions and try again.
In the Notification Email field, enter the email address of a person or group who should receive the provisioning error notifications and check the checkbox - Send an email notification when a failure occurs.
Under the Mappings section, select Synchronize Azure Active Directory Users to Blink.
Review the user attributes that are synchronized from Azure AD to Blink in the Attribute Mapping section. The attributes selected as Matching properties are used to match the user accounts in Blink for update operations. Select the Save button to commit any changes.
Attribute Type Supported for filtering userName String ✓ active Boolean title String emails[type eq "work"].value String name.givenName String name.familyName String phoneNumbers[type eq "work"].value String phoneNumbers[type eq "mobile"].value String externalId String urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:department String urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:employeeNumber String urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User:manager Reference urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:blink:2.0:User:company String urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:blink:2.0:User:description String urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:blink:2.0:User:location String
To configure scoping filters, refer to the following instructions provided in the Scoping filter tutorial.
To enable the Azure AD provisioning service for Blink, change the Provisioning Status to On in the Settings section.
Define the users that you would like to provision to Blink by choosing the desired values in Scope in the Settings section.
When you are ready to provision, click Save.
This operation starts the initial synchronization of all users defined in Scope in the Settings section. The initial sync takes longer to perform than subsequent syncs, which occur approximately every 40 minutes as long as the Azure AD provisioning service is running. You can use the Synchronization Details section to monitor progress and follow links to provisioning activity report, which describes all actions performed by the Azure AD provisioning service on Blink.
For more information on how to read the Azure AD provisioning logs, see Reporting on automatic user account provisioning.
Step 6. Monitor your deployment
Once you've configured provisioning, use the following resources to monitor your deployment:
- Use the provisioning logs to determine which users have been provisioned successfully or unsuccessfully
- Check the progress bar to see the status of the provisioning cycle and how close it is to completion
- If the provisioning configuration seems to be in an unhealthy state, the application will go into quarantine. Learn more about quarantine states here.
- 01/14/2021 - Custom extension attributes company, description, and location have been added.
- Managing user account provisioning for Enterprise Apps
- What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory?
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