Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Lessonly

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

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

Prerequisites

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.
  • Lessonly single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Lessonly supports SP initiated SSO.
  • Lessonly supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of Lessonly into Azure AD, you need to add Lessonly 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 Lessonly in the search box.
  6. Select Lessonly 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, and walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Lessonly

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Lessonly 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 Lessonly.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Lessonly, 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 Lessonly SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Lessonly test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Lessonly 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 Lessonly 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, enter the values for the following fields:

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

    Note

    When referencing a generic name that companyname needs to be replaced by an actual name.

    b. In the Reply URL (Assertion Customer Service URL) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.lessonly.com/auth/saml/callback

    c. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.lessonly.com/auth/saml/metadata

    Note

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

    image

  6. In addition to above, Lessonly application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    urn:oid:2.5.4.42 user.givenname
    urn:oid:2.5.4.4 user.surname
    urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3 user.mail
    urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.10 user.objectid
  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up Lessonly section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 Lessonly.

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

To configure single sign-on on Lessonly side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Lessonly support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Lessonly test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called B.Simon in Lessonly.com. Lessonly.com supports just-in-time provisioning, which is by default enabled.

There is no action item for you in this section. A new user will be created during an attempt to access Lessonly.com if it doesn't exist yet.

Note

If you need to create a user manually, you need to contact the Lessonly.com support team.

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

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Lessonly 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.