Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Clever
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Clever with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Clever with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Clever.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Clever 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.
- Clever single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Clever supports SP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Clever from the gallery
To configure the integration of Clever into Azure AD, you need to add Clever 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 Clever in the search box.
- Select Clever 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 Clever
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Clever 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 Clever.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Clever, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Clever SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Clever test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Clever 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 Clever 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 (Entity ID) text box, type the URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
c. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign on URL. Contact Clever 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.
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 Clever.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Clever.
- 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 Clever SSO
In a different web browser window, log in to your Clever district dashboard as an administrator.
From the left navigation, click Menu > Portal > SSO Settings.
On the SSO Settings page, perform the following steps:
a. Select Add Login Method.
b. Select Active Directory Authentication.
c. Open the downloaded App Federation Metadata Url from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the Metadata URL textbox.
Create Clever test user
To enable Azure AD users to sign to Clever, they must be provisioned into Clever.
In case of Clever, Work with Clever Client support team to add the users in the Clever platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
You can use any other Clever user account creation tools or APIs provided by Clever to provision Azure AD user accounts.
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 Clever Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Clever Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Clever tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Clever Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Clever 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.