Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with LinkedIn Talent Solutions

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to LinkedIn Talent Solutions.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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.
  • Access to Account Center in your LinkedIn Talent Solutions dashboard

Scenario description

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

  • LinkedIn Talent Solutions supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • LinkedIn Talent Solutions supports Just In Time user provisioning

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with LinkedIn Talent Solutions, 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create LinkedIn Talent Solutions test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you have Service Provider metadata file, perform the following steps:

    a. Click Upload metadata file.

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    b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.

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    c. Once the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section:

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    Note

    If the Identifier and Reply URL values are not getting auto polulated, then fill in the values manually according to your requirement.

  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 the URL: https://www.linkedin.com/talent/

  6. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  7. On the Set up LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions.

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

  1. Sign into LinkedIn Talent Solutions website as an administrator.

  2. Navigate to Account Center.

  3. Select Settings tab from the navigation bar.

    settings page

  4. Expand the Single Sign-On (SSO) section.

  5. Click on Download button to download the metadata file or click on or click here to load and copy individual fields from the form link to reveal the configuration data.

     configuration data

  6. Perform the following steps to copy the individual fields from the form.

     configuration with input data

    a. Copy Entity ID value, paste this value into the Azure AD Identifier text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

    b. Copy ACS URL value, paste this value into the Reply URL text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

    c. Copy the content of the SP X.509 Certificate(signing) textbox into the notepad and save it in your computer.

  7. Click on Upload XML file to upload the Federation Metadata XML file which you have copied from the Azure portal.

     Upload XML file

Create LinkedIn Talent Solutions test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in LinkedIn Talent Solutions. LinkedIn Talent Solutions supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in LinkedIn Talent Solutions, a new one is created after authentication.

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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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 LinkedIn Talent Solutions 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.