Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with EasySSO for Confluence
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate EasySSO for Confluence with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate EasySSO for Confluence with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Confluence.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Confluence 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.
- EasySSO for Confluence single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- EasySSO for Confluence supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- EasySSO for Confluence supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Add EasySSO for Confluence from the gallery
To configure the integration of EasySSO for Confluence into Azure AD, you need to add EasySSO for Confluence 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 EasySSO for Confluence in the search box.
- Select EasySSO for Confluence 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 EasySSO for Confluence
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with EasySSO for Confluence 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 EasySSO for Confluence.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with EasySSO for Confluence, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure EasySSO for Confluence SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create EasySSO for Confluence test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in EasySSO for Confluence 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 EasySSO for Confluence 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, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
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 EasySSO support team to get these values if in doubt. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
EasySSO for Confluence 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, EasySSO for Confluence 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 urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.1 user.userprincipalname urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3 user.mail urn:oid:2.16.840.1.1137126.96.36.199 user.displayname urn:oid:188.8.131.52 user.surname urn:oid:184.108.40.206 user.givenname
In case your Azure AD users have sAMAccountName configured you would have to map urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.1 onto sAMAccountName attribute.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download links for Certificate (Base64) or Federation Metadata XML options and save either or all to your computer. You will need it later to configure Confluence EasySSO.
If you plan to perform EasySSO for Confluence configuration manually with certificate, you also need to copy Login URL and Azure AD Identifier from the section below and save those 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 EasySSO for Confluence.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select EasySSO for Confluence.
- 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 EasySSO for Confluence SSO
To automate the configuration within EasySSO for Confluence, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on Set up EasySSO for Confluence will direct you to the EasySSO for Confluence application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into EasySSO for Confluence. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-9.
If you want to setup EasySSO for Confluence manually, sign into your Atlassian Confluence instance with Administrator privileges and navigate to the Manage Apps section.
On the left side locate EasySSO and click it. Then click Configure button.
Select SAML option. This will take you to SAML configuration section.
Select Certificates tab on the top and you will be presented with the following screen:
Now, locate Certificate (Base64) or Metadata File you have saved in the earlier steps of Azure AD SSO configuration. You have following options on how to proceed:
a. Use the App Federation Metadata File you downloaded to local file on your computer. Select Upload radio button and follow the upload file dialog specific to your operating system
b. Open the App Federation Metadata File to see the content (in any plain text editor) of the file and copy it into the clipboard. Select Input option and paste clipboard content into the text field.
c. Fully manual configuration. Open the App Federation Certificate (Base64) to see the content (in any plain text editor) of the file and copy it into the clipboard. Paste it into IdP Token Signing Certificates text field. Then navigate to General tab and fill POST Binding URL and Entity ID fields with respective values for Login URL and Azure AD Identifier you saved previously.
Click Save button on the bottom of the page. You will see the content of the Metadata or Certificate files is parsed into the configuration fields. EasySSO for Confluence configuration is complete.
For the best testing experience, navigate to Look & Feel tab and check the SAML Login Button option on. This will enable separate button on the Confluence login screen specifically to test your Azure AD SAML integration end to end. You can leave this button on and configure its placement, color and translation for production mode, too.
Should you have any issues, please contact EasySSO support team.
Create EasySSO for Confluence test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Confluence. EasySSO for Confluence supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is disabled by default. To enable user provisioning, you have to explicitly check Create user on successful login option on in the General section of EasySSO plugin configuration. If a user doesn't already exist in Confluence, a new one is created after authentication.
However, if you do not wish to enable automatic user provisioning on the user first login, users must exist in backend User Directories the Confluence instance make use of, such as LDAP or Atlassian Crowd.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the My Apps.
When you click the EasySSO for Confluence tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Confluence instance for which you set up SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using Confluence SAML Login button.
This scenario presumes you have enabled SAML Login Button in Look & Feel tab in your Confluence EasySSO configuration page (see above). Open your Confluence login URL in browser incognito mode to avoid any interference with your existing sessions. Click SAML Login button and you will get redirected to Azure AD user authentication flow. Once successfully completed you will be redirected back to your Confluence instance as authenticated user via SAML.
There's a possibility you may encounter the following screen after getting redirected back from Azure AD
In this case you have to follow the instructions on this page to get access to atlassian-confluence.log file. Details of the error will be available by the reference ID found on EasySSO error page.
Should you have any issues digesting the log messages, please contact EasySSO support team.
Once you configure EasySSO for Confluence 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.