Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with ExpenseIn
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate ExpenseIn with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate ExpenseIn with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to ExpenseIn.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to ExpenseIn 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.
- ExpenseIn single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- ExpenseIn supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Add ExpenseIn from the gallery
To configure the integration of ExpenseIn into Azure AD, you need to add ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn in the search box.
- Select ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with ExpenseIn, 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 ExpenseIn SSO to configure the SSO settings on application side.
- Create ExpenseIn test user to have a counterpart of B.Simon in ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn 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 user does not have to perform any steps as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.
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 the URL:
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 click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) and save it on your computer.
On the Set up ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select ExpenseIn.
- 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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure ExpenseIn SSO
To automate the configuration within ExpenseIn, 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 ExpenseIn will direct you to the ExpenseIn application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into ExpenseIn. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-5.
If you want to setup ExpenseIn manually, log in to your ExpenseIn company site as an administrator.
Click on Admin on the top of the page then navigate to Single Sign-On and click Add provider.
On the New Identity Provider pop-up, Perform the following steps:
a. In the Provider Name text box, type the name; for example, Azure.
b. Select Yes for Allow Provider Initiated Sign-On.
c. In the Target Url text box, paste the value of Login URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.
d. In the Issuer text box, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier, which you have copied from Azure portal.
e. Open the Certificate (Base64) in Notepad, copy its content and paste it in the Certificate text box.
f. Click Create.
Create ExpenseIn test user
To enable Azure AD users to sign in to ExpenseIn, they must be provisioned into ExpenseIn. In ExpenseIn, provisioning is a manual task.
To provision a user account, perform the following steps:
Sign in to ExpenseIn as an Administrator.
Click on Admin on the top of the page then navigate to Users and click New User.
On the Details pop-up, perform the following steps:
a. In First Name text box, enter the first name of user like B.
b. In Last Name text box, enter the last name of user like Simon.
c. In Email text box, enter the email of user like
d. Click Create.
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 ExpenseIn Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn 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 ExpenseIn for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure ExpenseIn 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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