Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Flock

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Flock with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Flock with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Flock.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Flock 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.
  • Flock single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

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

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Flock in the search box.
  6. Select Flock 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 Flock

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Flock 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 Flock.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Flock, perform the following steps:

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

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Flock application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.flock.com/

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<subdomain>.flock.com/


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact Flock Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  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 Flock section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Flock.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Flock.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Flock SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, log in to your Flock company site as an administrator.

  2. Select Authentication tab from the left navigation panel and then select SAML Authentication.

    Screenshot that shows the "Authentication" tab with "S A M L Authentication" selected.

  3. In the SAML Authentication section, perform the following steps:

    Flock Configuration

    a. In the SAML 2.0 Endpoint(HTTP) textbox, paste Login URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    b. In the Identity Provider Issuer textbox, paste Azure Ad Identifier value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. Open the downloaded Certificate(Base64) from Azure portal in notepad, paste the content into the Public Certificate textbox.

    d. Click Save.

Create Flock test user

To enable Azure AD users to log in to Flock, they must be provisioned into Flock. In the case of Flock, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Flock company site as an administrator.

  2. Click Manage Team from the left navigation panel.

    Screenshot that shows "Manage Team" selected.

  3. Click Add Member tab and then select Team Members.

    Screenshot that shows the "Add Member" tab and "Team Members" selected.

  4. Enter the email address of the user like Brittasimon@contoso.com and then select Add Users.

    Add Employee


Flock also supports automatic user provisioning, you can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

Test SSO

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 Flock Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Flock Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Flock tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Flock Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Flock 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.