Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Contentful
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Contentful with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Contentful with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Contentful.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Contentful 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.
- Contentful single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Contentful supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- Contentful supports Just In Time user provisioning.
- Contentful supports Automated user provisioning.
The identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Contentful from the gallery
To configure the integration of Contentful into Azure AD, you need to add Contentful 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.
- In the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add a new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Contentful in the search box.
- Select Contentful in the results, 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 Contentful
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Contentful 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 Contentful.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Contentful, 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 Contentful SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Contentful test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Contentful 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 Contentful 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.
In the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you want to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following step:
a. In the Reply URL text box, copy the ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL from the SSO setup page in Contentful. It will look like this:
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you want to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
a. In the Sign-on URL text box, copy the same ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL. It will look like this:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign-On URL by copying the ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL from the SSO setup page in Contentful.
Contentful 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.
In addition to above, Contentful 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 user.userprincipalname
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
In the Set up Contentful section, copy the login URL to configure Contentful SSO.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- In 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 Contentful.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Contentful.
- 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 Contentful SSO
Follow these steps to configure single sign-on on the Contentful side.
- In Contentful, navigate to the SSO setup page in Organization Settings.
- Click on Set up SSO.
- Copy and paste the login URL from the Set up Contentful section in Azure AD.
- Copy and paste the certificate from the Base64 certificate file you downloaded from Azure AD.
- Set up an SSO name for SP-initiated login.
- Click on Enable SSO.
If that doesn't work, reach out to the Contentful support team.
Create Contentful test user
In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in Contentful. Contentful 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 Contentful, a new one is created after authentication.
Contentful 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 Contentful Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Contentful Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Contentful for which you set up the SSO.
You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Contentful tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Contentful for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Contentful 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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