Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Blink
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Blink with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Blink with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Blink.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Blink 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.
- Blink single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Blink supports SP initiated SSO.
- Blink supports Just In Time user provisioning.
- Blink supports Automated user provisioning.
Adding Blink from the gallery
To configure the integration of Blink into Azure AD, you need to add Blink 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 Blink in the search box.
- Select Blink 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 Blink
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Blink 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 Blink.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Blink, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Blink SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create Blink test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Blink 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 Blink 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, enter the values for the following fields:
- In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:
- In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact Blink 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.
Blink Meetings 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 Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.
In addition to above, Blink Meetings application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:
Name Source Attribute first_name user.givenname second_name user.surname user.mail
Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
Leave the Namespace blank.
Select Source as Attribute.
From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Blink 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 Blink.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Blink.
- 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 Blink SSO
To configure single sign-on on Blink side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Blink support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Blink test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Blink. Blink 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 Blink, a new one is created after authentication.
Blink also supports automatic user provisioning, you can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
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 Blink Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Blink Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Blink tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Blink Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Blink 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.