Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Hootsuite
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Hootsuite with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Hootsuite with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Hootsuite.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Hootsuite 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.
- Hootsuite single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Hootsuite supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- Hootsuite supports Automated user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Hootsuite from the gallery
To configure the integration of Hootsuite into Azure AD, you need to add Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite in the search box.
- Select Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Hootsuite, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Hootsuite SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Hootsuite test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite 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, 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 one of the following patterns:
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:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL. Contact Hootsuite 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.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Hootsuite.
- 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 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.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Hootsuite SSO
To configure single sign-on on Hootsuite side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Hootsuite support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Hootsuite test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Hootsuite. Work with Hootsuite support team to add the users in the Hootsuite platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
Hootsuite also supports automatic user provisioning, you can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
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 Hootsuite Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite 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 Hootsuite for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Hootsuite 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.