Tutorial: Integrate iLMS with Azure Active Directory
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate iLMS with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate iLMS with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to iLMS.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to iLMS 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.
- iLMS single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- iLMS supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add iLMS from the gallery
To configure the integration of iLMS into Azure AD, you need to add iLMS 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 iLMS in the search box.
- Select iLMS 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 iLMS
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with iLMS 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 iLMS.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with iLMS, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure iLMS SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create iLMS test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in iLMS 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 iLMS 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 page, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, paste the Identifier value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal.
b. In the Reply URL text box, paste the Endpoint (URL) value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal having the following pattern:
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, paste the Endpoint (URL) value you copy from Service Provider section of SAML settings in iLMS admin portal as
To enable JIT provisioning, your iLMS application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.
You have to enable Create Un-recognized User Account in iLMS to map these attributes. Follow the instructions here to get an idea on the attributes configuration.
In addition to above, iLMS application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:
Name Source Attribute division user.department region user.state department user.jobtitle
a. Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
b. In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
c. Leave the Namespace blank.
d. Select Source as Attribute.
e. From the Source attribute list, type the attribute value shown for that row.
f. Click Ok
g. Click Save.
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 iLMS section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta 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 iLMS.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select iLMS.
- 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 iLMS SSO
In a different web browser window, sign in to your iLMS admin portal as an administrator.
Click SSO:SAML under Settings tab to open SAML settings and perform the following steps:
Expand the Service Provider section and copy the Identifier and Endpoint (URL) value.
Under Identity Provider section, click Import Metadata.
Select the Federation Metadata file downloaded from the Azure portal from the SAML Signing Certificate section.
If you want to enable JIT provisioning to create iLMS accounts for un-recognize users, follow below steps:
a. Check Create Un-recognized User Account.
b. Map the attributes in Azure AD with the attributes in iLMS. In the attribute column, specify the attributes name or the default value.
c. Go to Business Rules tab and perform the following steps:
d. Check Create Un-recognized Regions, Divisions and Departments to create Regions, Divisions, and Departments that do not already exist at the time of Single Sign-on.
e. Check Update User Profile During Sign-in to specify whether the user’s profile is updated with each Single Sign-on.
f. If the Update Blank Values for Non Mandatory Fields in User Profile option is checked, optional profile fields that are blank upon sign in will also cause the user’s iLMS profile to contain blank values for those fields.
g. Check Send Error Notification Email and enter the email of the user where you want to receive the error notification email.
Click Save button to save the settings.
Create iLMS test user
Application supports Just in time user provisioning and after authentication users are created in the application automatically. JIT will work, if you have clicked the Create Un-recognized User Account checkbox during SAML configuration setting at iLMS admin portal.
If you need to create a user manually, then follow below steps:
Sign in to your iLMS company site as an administrator.
Click Register User under Users tab to open Register User page.
On the Register User page, perform the following steps.
a. In the First Name textbox, type the first name like Britta.
b. In the Last Name textbox, type the last name like Simon.
c. In the Email ID textbox, type the email address of the user like BrittaSimon@contoso.com.
d. In the Region dropdown, select the value for region.
e. In the Division dropdown, select the value for division.
f. In the Department dropdown, select the value for department.
g. Click Save.
You can send registration mail to user by selecting Send Registration Mail checkbox.
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 iLMS Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to iLMS 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 iLMS 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 iLMS 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 iLMS for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure iLMS 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.
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