Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with ExponentHR
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate ExponentHR with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate ExponentHR with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to ExponentHR.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to ExponentHR 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.
- ExponentHR single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
ExponentHR supports SP initiated SSO.
ExponentHR supports WS-Fed protocol.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add ExponentHR from the gallery
To configure the integration of ExponentHR into Azure AD, you need to add ExponentHR 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 ExponentHR in the search box.
- Select ExponentHR 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 ExponentHR
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with ExponentHR 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 ExponentHR.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with ExponentHR, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure ExponentHR SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create ExponentHR test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in ExponentHR 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 ExponentHR 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 step:
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 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 ExponentHR.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select ExponentHR.
- 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 ExponentHR SSO
To configure single sign-on on ExponentHR side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to ExponentHR support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create ExponentHR test user
In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in ExponentHR. Work with ExponentHR support team to add the users in the ExponentHR 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. This will redirect to ExponentHR Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to ExponentHR Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the ExponentHR tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to ExponentHR Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure ExponentHR 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.