Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Kudos

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

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


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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Kudos supports SP initiated SSO.


Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Kudos 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 Kudos.

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

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<COMPANY>.kudosnow.com


    The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Kudos Client support team to get the value. 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 Kudos 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 Kudos.

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

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

  2. In the menu on the top, click Settings icon.


  3. Click Integrations > SSO and perform the following steps:


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

    b. Open your base-64 encoded certificate in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the X.509 certificate textbox

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

    d. In the Your Kudos URL textbox, type your company name.

    e. Click Save.

Create Kudos test user

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

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your Kudos company site as administrator.

  2. In the menu on the top, click Settings icon.


  3. Click User Admin.

  4. Click the Users tab, and then click Add a User.

    User Admin

  5. In the Add a User section, perform the following steps:

    Add a User

    a. Type the First Name, Last Name, Email and other details of a valid Azure Active Directory account you want to provision into the related textboxes.

    b. Click Create User.


You can use any other Kudos user account creation tools or APIs provided by Kudos 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 Kudos Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Kudos 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.