Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Harness

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

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

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.


Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of Harness into Azure AD, you need to add Harness 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 Harness in the search box.
  6. Select Harness 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 Harness

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Harness 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 Harness.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Harness, 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 B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Harness SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Harness test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Harness 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 Harness 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, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following step:

    In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://app.harness.io/gateway/api/users/saml-login?accountId=<harness_account_id>

  5. 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: https://app.harness.io/


    The Reply URL value is not real. You will get the actual Reply URL from the Configure Harness SSO section, which is explained later in the tutorial. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up Harness section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 Harness.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Harness.
  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 Harness SSO

  1. To automate the configuration within Harness, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.

    My apps extension

  2. After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup Harness will direct you to the Harness application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Harness. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-6.

    Setup configuration

  3. If you want to setup Harness manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Harness company site as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  4. On the top-right of the page, click on Continuous Security > Access Management > Authentication Settings.

    Screenshot that shows the "Continuous Security" menu with "Access Management" and "Authentication Settings" selected.

  5. On the SSO Providers section, click on + Add SSO Providers > SAML.

    Screenshot that shows the "S S O Providers" with "+ Add S S O Providers - S A M L" selected.

  6. On the SAML Provider pop-up, perform the following steps:

    Screenshot that shows teh "S A M L Provider" pop-up with the "U R L" and "Display Name" fields highlighted, and the "Choose File" and "Submit" buttons selected.

    a. Copy the In your SSO Provider, please enable SAML-based login, then enter the following URL instance and paste it in Reply URL textbox in Basic SAML Configuration section on Azure portal.

    b. In the Display Name text box, type your display name.

    c. Click Choose file to upload the Federation Metadata XML file, which you have downloaded from Azure AD.

    d. Click SUBMIT.

Create Harness test user

To enable Azure AD users to sign in to Harness, they must be provisioned into Harness. In Harness, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Harness as an Administrator.

  2. On the top-right of the page, click on Continuous Security > Access Management > Users.

    Screenshot that shows the "Continuous Security" menu with "Access Management" and "Users" selected.

  3. On the right side of page, click on + Add User.

    Screenshot that shows the "Users" page with the "+ Add User" action selected.

  4. On the Add User pop-up, perform the following steps:

    Harness configuration

    a. In Email Address(es) text box, enter the email of user like B.simon@contoso.com.

    b. Select your User Groups.

    c. Click Submit.

Harness 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.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Harness Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

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

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Harness 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 Harness 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 Harness for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Harness 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.