Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Community Spark
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Community Spark with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Community Spark with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Community Spark.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Community Spark 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.
- Community Spark single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
Community Spark supports SP initiated SSO.
Community Spark supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Add Community Spark from the gallery
To configure the integration of Community Spark into Azure AD, you need to add Community Spark 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 Community Spark in the search box.
- Select Community Spark 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 Community Spark
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Community Spark 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 Community Spark.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Community Spark, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure Community Spark SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Community Spark test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Community Spark 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 Community Spark 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 a URL using the following pattern:
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 Identifier, Reply URL and Sign on URL. Contact Community Spark 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Community Spark.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Community Spark.
- 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 Community Spark SSO
To configure single sign-on on Community Spark side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Community Spark support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Community Spark test user
In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Community Spark. Community Spark 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 Community Spark, a new one is created after authentication.
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 Community Spark Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Community Spark Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Community Spark tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Community Spark Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Community Spark 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.
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