Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Discovery Benefits SSO
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Discovery Benefits SSO with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Discovery Benefits SSO with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Discovery Benefits SSO.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Discovery Benefits SSO 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.
- Discovery Benefits SSO single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Discovery Benefits SSO supports IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Discovery Benefits SSO from the gallery
To configure the integration of Discovery Benefits SSO into Azure AD, you need to add Discovery Benefits SSO 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 Discovery Benefits SSO in the search box.
- Select Discovery Benefits SSO 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 Discovery Benefits SSO
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Discovery Benefits SSO 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 Discovery Benefits SSO.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Discovery Benefits SSO, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Discovery Benefits SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Discovery Benefits SSO test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Discovery Benefits SSO 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 Discovery Benefits SSO 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 the application is pre-configured in IDP initiated mode and the necessary URLs are already pre-populated with Azure. The user needs to save the configuration by clicking the Save button.
Discovery Benefits SSO 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. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.
a. Click on Edit icon to open the Unique User Identifier (Name ID) dialog.
b. Click on Edit icon to open the Manage transformation dialog.
c. In the Transformation textbox, type the ToUppercase() shown for that row.
d. In the Parameter 1 textbox, type the parameter like
<Name Identifier value>.
e. Click Add.
Discovery Benefits SSO requires a fixed string value to be passed in Unique User Identifier (Name ID) field to get this integration working. Azure AD currently doesn't support this feature so as a work around, you can use ToUpper or ToLower transformations of NameID to set a fixed string value as shown above in the screenshot.
f. We have auto-populated the additional claims which are required for SSO configuration (
SSOID). Use the pencil icon to map the values as per your organization.
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.
On the Set up Discovery Benefits SSO section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
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 Discovery Benefits SSO.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Discovery Benefits SSO.
- 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 Discovery Benefits SSO
To configure single sign-on on Discovery Benefits SSO side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Discovery Benefits SSO support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Discovery Benefits SSO test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Discovery Benefits SSO. Work with Discovery Benefits SSO support team to add the users in the Discovery Benefits SSO platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 Discovery Benefits SSO for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Discovery Benefits SSO tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Discovery Benefits SSO for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Discovery Benefits SSO 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.