Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Flatter Files

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Flatter Files with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Flatter Files with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Flatter Files.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Flatter Files (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Flatter Files, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
  • Flatter Files single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Flatter Files supports IDP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Flatter Files into Azure AD, you need to add Flatter Files from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Flatter Files from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Flatter Files, select Flatter Files from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Flatter Files in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Flatter Files needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Flatter Files Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Flatter Files test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Flatter Files that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Flatter Files, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Flatter Files application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

    Flatter Files Domain and URLs single sign-on information

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Flatter Files section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Flatter Files Single Sign-On

  1. Sign-on to your Flatter Files application as an administrator.

  2. Click DASHBOARD.

    Screenshot that shows "DASHBOARD" selected in the "Flatter Files" app.

  3. Click Settings, and then perform the following steps on the Company tab:

    Screenshot that shows the "Company" tab with "Use S A M L 2.0 for Authentication" checked and the "Configure S A M L" button selected.

    1. Select Use SAML 2.0 for Authentication.

    2. Click Configure SAML.

  4. On the SAML Configuration dialog, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Domain textbox, type your registered domain.

    Note

    If you don't have a registered domain yet, contact your Flatter Files support team via support@flatterfiles.com.

    b. In Identity Provider URL textbox, paste the value of Login URL which you have copied form Azure portal.

    c. Open your base-64 encoded certificate in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the Identity Provider Certificate textbox.

    d. Click Update.

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com

    c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Flatter Files.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Flatter Files.

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, select Flatter Files.

    The Flatter Files link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Flatter Files test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Flatter Files.

To create a user called Britta Simon in Flatter Files, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign on to your Flatter Files company site as administrator.

  2. In the navigation pane on the left, click Settings, and then click the Users tab.

    Screenshot that shows the "Settings" page with the "Users" tab selected.

  3. Click Add User.

  4. On the Add User dialog, perform the following steps:

    Create a Flatter Files User

    a. In the First Name textbox, type Britta.

    b. In the Last Name textbox, type Simon.

    c. In the Email Address textbox, type Britta's email address in the Azure portal.

    d. Click Submit.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Flatter Files tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Flatter Files for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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