Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Hornbill

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

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


This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

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

  • Hornbill supports SP initiated SSO.
  • Hornbill supports Just In Time user provisioning.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Hornbill 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 Hornbill.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Hornbill, 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 Hornbill SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Hornbill test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Hornbill 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 Hornbill 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 Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://sso.hornbill.com/<INSTANCE_NAME>/<SUBDOMAIN>

    b. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.hornbill.com/<INSTANCE_NAME>/


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Sign on URL. Contact Hornbill 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 copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

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 Hornbill.

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

  1. In a different web browser window, log in to Hornbill as a Security Administrator.

  2. On the Home page, click System.

    Screenshot shows the Hornbill system.

  3. Navigate to Security.

    Screenshot shows the Hornbill security.

  4. Click SSO Profiles.

    Screenshot shows the Hornbill single.

  5. On the right side of the page, click on Add logo.

    Screenshot shows to add the logo.

  6. On the Profile Details bar, click on Import SAML Meta logo.

    Screenshot shows Hornbill Meta logo.

  7. On the Pop-up page in the URL text box, paste the App Federation Metadata Url, which you have copied from Azure portal and click Process.

    Screenshot shows Hornbill process.

  8. After clicking process the values get auto populated automatically under Profile Details section.

    Screenshot shows Hornbill profile

    Screenshot shows Hornbill details.

    Screenshot shows Hornbill certificate.

  9. Click Save Changes.

Create Hornbill test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Hornbill. Hornbill supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Hornbill, a new one is created after authentication.


If you need to create a user manually, contact Hornbill Client support team.

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

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Hornbill 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.