Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Kintone

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Kintone.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Kintone with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Kintone, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
  • Kintone single sign-on enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Kintone supports SP initiated SSO.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Kintone 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 Kintone.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Kintone, 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 Kintone SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Kintone test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Kintone 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 Kintone 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://<companyname>.kintone.com

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

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Sign on URL. Contact Kintone 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 Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Kintone section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

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 Kintone.

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

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into your Kintone company site as an administrator.

  2. Click Settings icon.

    Settings

  3. Click Users & System Administration.

    Users & System Administration

  4. Under System Administration > Security click Login.

    Login

  5. Click Enable SAML authentication.

    Screenshot that shows "Users & System Administration" selected.

  6. In the SAML Authentication section, perform the following steps:

    SAML Authentication

    a. In the Login URL textbox, paste the value of Login URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    b. In the Logout URL textbox, paste the value of Logout URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. Click Browse to upload your downloaded certificate file from Azure portal.

    d. Click Save.

Create Kintone test user

To enable Azure AD users to sign in to Kintone, they must be provisioned into Kintone. In the case of Kintone, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your Kintone company site as an administrator.

  2. Click Settings icon.

    Settings

  3. Click Users & System Administration.

    User & System Administration

  4. Under User Administration, click Departments & Users.

    Department & Users

  5. Click New User.

    Screenshot that shows the "Users" section with the "New User" action selected.

  6. In the New User section, perform the following steps:

    New Users

    a. Type a Display Name, Login Name, New Password, Confirm Password, E-mail Address, and other details of a valid Azure AD account you want to provision into the related textboxes.

    b. Click Save.

Note

You can use any other Kintone user account creation tools or APIs provided by Kintone to provision Azure AD user accounts.

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

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Kintone 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.