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

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • iSAMS supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with iSAMS 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 iSAMS.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with iSAMS, 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 iSAMS SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create iSAMS test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in iSAMS 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 iSAMS 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 steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.isams.cloud/main/sso/saml2

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.isams.cloud/main/sso/saml2/acs

  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 a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.isams.cloud/


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact iSAMS 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.

  6. 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 iSAMS.

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

  1. Log in to iSAMS as an Administrator.

  2. Navigate to the Control Panel and open the Authentication module.

  3. From the right-hand menu, select Identity Providers

    Screenshot shows Active Directory Configuration with Identity Providers selected.

  4. Select Add Provider

    Screenshot shows Identity Providers with Add Providers selected.

  5. Perform the following steps in the following page:

    Screenshot shows the Identity Providers Wizard where you can do the steps described.

    a. In the Name textbox, give a valid name like Saml2 Azure. This is the name that will appear on the login page.

    b. In the Metadata URL box, enter the App Federation Metadata Url value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. Press Import.

    d. In the Applications listbox within the Enabled Client Applications section, select all of the iSAMS applications you wish your provider to appear on the login page for.

    e. Click on Save & Close.

Create iSAMS test user

  1. Log in to iSAMS as an Administrator.

  2. Go to the Control Panel Home -> Security & Permissions -> User Accounts -> User Options & Tasks -> Modify User Properties.

    Screenshot shows the User Accounts page with Modify User Properties selected.

  3. In the resulting pop-up window, select the Account Details tab, and change the Authorization to that of your newly created Identity Provider.

    Screenshot shows Account Details with a value for Authorization.

  4. Click on Save & Close.

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 iSAMS Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to iSAMS 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 iSAMS 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 iSAMS 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 iSAMS 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 iSAMS 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.