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

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • LinkedIn Elevate supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
  • LinkedIn Elevate supports Just In Time user provisioning.
  • LinkedIn Elevate supports Automated user provisioning.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with LinkedIn Elevate 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 Elevate.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with LinkedIn Elevate, 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 Elevate SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create LinkedIn Elevate test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in LinkedIn Elevate 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 Elevate 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, enter the Entity ID value, you will copy Entity ID value from the Linkedin Portal explained later in this tutorial.

    b. In the Reply URL text box, enter the Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) Url value, you will copy Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) URL value from the Linkedin Portal explained later in this tutorial.

  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://www.linkedin.com/checkpoint/enterprise/login/<ACCOUNT_ID>?application=elevate&applicationInstanceId=<INSTANCE_ID>

  6. LinkedIn Elevate 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, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. LinkedIn Elevate application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.

    image

  7. In addition to above, LinkedIn Elevate 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 requirement.

    Name Source Attribute
    department user.department
  8. 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

  9. On the Set up LinkedIn Elevate 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 Elevate.

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

  1. In a different web browser window, sign-on to your LinkedIn Elevate tenant as an administrator.

  2. In Account Center, click Global Settings under Settings. Also, select Elevate - Elevate AAD Test from the dropdown list.

    Screenshot shows the Global Settings where you can select Elevate A A D Test.

  3. Click on OR Click Here to load and copy individual fields from the form and perform the following steps:

    Screenshot shows Single Sign-On where you can enter the values described.

    a. Copy Entity ID and paste it into the Identifier text box in the Basic SAML Configuration in the Azure portal.

    b. Copy Assertion Consumer Access (ACS) Url and paste it into the Reply URL text box in the Basic SAML Configuration in the Azure portal.

  4. Go to LinkedIn Admin Settings section. Upload the XML file that you have downloaded from the Azure portal by clicking on the Upload XML file option.

    Screenshot shows Configure the LinkedIn service provider S S O settings where you can upload an X M L file.

  5. Click On to enable SSO. SSO status will change from Not Connected to Connected.

    Screenshot shows Single Sign-On where you can select Automatically assign licenses.

Create LinkedIn Elevate test user

LinkedIn Elevate Application supports Just in time user provisioning and after authentication users will be created in the application automatically. On the admin settings page on the LinkedIn Elevate portal flip the switch Automatically Assign licenses to active Just in time provisioning and this will also assign a license to the user. LinkedIn Elevate also supports automatic user provisioning, you can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.

Creating an Azure AD test user

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

  • Go to LinkedIn Elevate 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 Elevate 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 Elevate 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 Elevate 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 Elevate 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.