Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Cerner Central
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Cerner Central with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Cerner Central with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Cerner Central.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Cerner Central with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
To configure Azure AD integration with Cerner Central, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
- Cerner Central single sign-on enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- Cerner Central supports IDP initiated SSO.
- Cerner Central supports Automated user provisioning.
Add Cerner Central from the gallery
To configure the integration of Cerner Central into Azure AD, you need to add Cerner Central 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 Cerner Central in the search box.
- Select Cerner Central 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 Cerner Central
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cerner Central 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 Cerner Central.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cerner Central, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Cerner Central SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Cerner Central test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Cerner Central 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 Cerner Central 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 text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using one of the following patterns:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Cerner Central 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.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.
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 Cerner Central.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Cerner Central.
- 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 Cerner Central SSO
To configure single sign-on on Cerner Central side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Cerner Central support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Cerner Central test user
Cerner Central application allows authentication from any federated identity provider. If a user is able to sign in to the application home page, they are federated and have no need for any manual 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 and you should be automatically signed in to the Cerner Central for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Cerner Central tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Cerner Central for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Cerner Central 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.