Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with MongoDB Atlas - SSO

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to MongoDB Atlas, the MongoDB community, MongoDB University, and MongoDB Support.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed in to MongoDB Atlas - SSO with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Assign MongoDB Atlas roles to users based on their Azure AD group memberships.
  • 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.
  • MongoDB Atlas - SSO single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • MongoDB Atlas - SSO supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
  • MongoDB Atlas - SSO supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of MongoDB Atlas - SSO into Azure AD, you need to add MongoDB Atlas - SSO 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO in the search box.
  6. Select MongoDB Atlas - SSO 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with MongoDB Atlas - SSO, by using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a linked relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in MongoDB Atlas - SSO.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with MongoDB Atlas - SSO, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user and test group to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user or test group to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure MongoDB Atlas SSO to configure the single sign-on settings on the application side.
    1. Create a MongoDB Atlas SSO test user to have a counterpart of B.Simon in MongoDB Atlas - SSO, linked to the Azure AD representation of the 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO application integration page, find the Manage section. 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, select the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Screenshot of Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, with pencil icon highlighted

  4. In the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you want to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL that uses the following pattern: https://www.okta.com/saml2/service-provider/<Customer_Unique>

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL that uses the following pattern: https://auth.mongodb.com/sso/saml2/<Customer_Unique>

  5. Select Set additional URLs, and perform the following step if you want to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL that uses the following pattern: https://cloud.mongodb.com/sso/<Customer_Unique>

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL, and Sign-on URL. To get these values, contact the MongoDB Atlas - SSO Client support team. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. The MongoDB Atlas - SSO application expects the SAML assertions to be 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.

    Screenshot of default attributes

  7. In addition to the preceding attributes, the MongoDB Atlas - SSO application expects a few more attributes to be passed back in the SAML response. These attributes are also pre-populated, but you can review them per your requirements.

    Name Source attribute
    email user.userprincipalname
    firstName user.givenname
    lastName user.surname
  8. If you would like to authorize users using MongoDB Atlas role mappings, add the below group claim to send user's group information within SAML assertion.

    Name Source attribute
    memberOf Group ID
  9. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML. Select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    Screenshot of SAML Signing Certificate section, with Download link highlighted

  10. In the Set up MongoDB Atlas - SSO section, copy the appropriate URLs, based on your requirement.

    Screenshot of Set up Mongo DB Cloud section, with URLs highlighted

Create an Azure AD test user and test group

In this section, you create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory > Users > 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 the password down.
    4. Select Create.

If you are using MongoDB Atlas role mappings feature in order to assign roles to users based on their Azure AD groups, create a test group and B.Simon as a member:

  1. From the left pane in Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory > Groups.
  2. Select New group at the top of the screen.
  3. In the Group properties, follow these steps:
    1. Select 'Security' in Group type dropdown.
    2. In the Group name field, enter 'Group 1'.
    3. Select Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user or test group

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon or Group 1 to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to MongoDB Atlas - SSO.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select MongoDB Atlas - SSO.
  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 or if you are using MongoDB Atla role mappings, select Group 1 from the Groups list; then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure MongoDB Atlas SSO

To configure single sign-on on the MongoDB Atlas side, you need the appropriate URLs copied from the Azure portal. You also need to configure the Federation Application for your MongoDB Atlas Organization. Follow the instructions in the MongoDB Atlas documentation. If you have a problem, contact the MongoDB support team.

Configure MongoDB Atlas Role Mapping

To authorize users in MongoDB Atlas based on their Azure AD group membership, you can map the Azure AD group's Object-IDs to MongoDB Atlas Organization/Project roles with the help of MongoDB Atlas role mappings. Follow the instructions in the MongoDB Atlas documentation. If you have a problem, contact the MongoDB support team.

Create a MongoDB Atlas SSO test user

MongoDB Atlas supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no additional action for you to take. If a user doesn't already exist in MongoDB Atlas, 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 MongoDB Atlas Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to MongoDB Atlas 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 MongoDB Atlas 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO 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 MongoDB Atlas - SSO 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.