Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with IdeaScale
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate IdeaScale with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating IdeaScale with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to IdeaScale.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to IdeaScale (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with IdeaScale, 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
- IdeaScale single sign-on enabled subscription
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
- IdeaScale supports SP initiated SSO
Adding IdeaScale from the gallery
To configure the integration of IdeaScale into Azure AD, you need to add IdeaScale from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add IdeaScale from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type IdeaScale, select IdeaScale from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with IdeaScale 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 IdeaScale needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with IdeaScale, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure IdeaScale Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create IdeaScale test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in IdeaScale that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- 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 IdeaScale, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the IdeaScale application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
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:
b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact IdeaScale 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, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up IdeaScale section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure Ad Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure IdeaScale Single Sign-On
In a different web browser window, log in to your IdeaScale company site as an administrator.
Go to Community Settings.
Go to Security > Single Signon Settings.
As Single-Signon Type, select SAML 2.0.
On the Single Signon Settings dialog, perform the following steps:
a. In SAML IdP Entity ID textbox, paste the value of Azure Ad Identifier which you have copied from Azure portal.
b. Open the downloaded metadata file from Azure portal into Notepad, copy the content of it and paste into the SAML IdP Metadata textbox.
c. In Logout Success URL textbox, paste the value of Logout URL which you have copied from Azure portal.
d. Click Save Changes.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type firstname.lastname@example.org
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 IdeaScale.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select IdeaScale.
In the applications list, select IdeaScale.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
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.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create IdeaScale test user
To enable Azure AD users to log into IdeaScale, they must be provisioned in to IdeaScale. In the case of IdeaScale, provisioning is a manual task.
To configure user provisioning, perform the following steps:
Log in to your IdeaScale company site as administrator.
Go to Community Settings.
Go to Basic Settings > Member Management.
Click Add Member.
In the Add New Member section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Email Addresses textbox, type the email address of a valid Azure AD account you want to provision.
b. Click Save Changes.
The Azure Active Directory account holder gets an email with a link to confirm the account before it becomes active.
You can use any other IdeaScale user account creation tools or APIs provided by IdeaScale to provision Azure AD user accounts.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the IdeaScale tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the IdeaScale for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.