Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Blue Access for Members (BAM)

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Blue Access for Members (BAM) with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Blue Access for Members (BAM) with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Blue Access for Members (BAM).
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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.
  • Blue Access for Members (BAM) single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
  • Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Blue Access for Members (BAM) supports IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Blue Access for Members (BAM) into Azure AD, you need to add Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM) in the search box.
  6. Select Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM)

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM).

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Blue Access for Members (BAM), 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM) SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Blue Access for Members (BAM) test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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.

    Screenshot shows to edit Basic S A M L Configuration.

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a value using the following pattern: <Custom Domain Value>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CUSTOMURL>/affwebservices/public/saml2assertionconsumer

    c. Click Set additional URLs.

    d. In the Relay State text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<CUSTOMURL>/BAMSSOServlet/sso/BamInboundSsoServlet

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Relay State. Contact Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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. Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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.

    Screenshot shows the image of attribute mappings.

  6. In addition to above, Blue Access for Members (BAM) application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    ClientID <ClientID>
    UID <UID>
  7. 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.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

  8. On the Set up Blue Access for Members (BAM) section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Screenshot shows to copy configuration appropriate U R L.

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 Blue Access for Members (BAM).

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Blue Access for Members (BAM).
  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'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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Blue Access for Members (BAM) SSO

To configure single sign-on on Blue Access for Members (BAM) side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Blue Access for Members (BAM) support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Blue Access for Members (BAM) test user

In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in Blue Access for Members (BAM). Work with Blue Access for Members (BAM) support team to add the users in the Blue Access for Members (BAM) platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

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 Blue Access for Members (BAM) for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Blue Access for Members (BAM) tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Blue Access for Members (BAM) 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 Cloud App Security.