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

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • NEOGOV supports IDP initiated SSO.

Note

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

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with NEOGOV 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 NEOGOV.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with NEOGOV, 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 NEOGOV SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create NEOGOV test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in NEOGOV 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 NEOGOV 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 Set up single sign-on with SAML page, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier text box, type one of the following URLs:

    Environment URL pattern
    Production https://login.neogov.com/
    Sandbox https://login.uat.neogov.net/

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type one of the following URLs:

    Environment URL pattern
    Production https://login.neogov.com/authentication/saml/consumer
    Sandbox https://login.uat.neogov.net/authentication/saml/consumer
  5. NEOGOV 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. NEOGOV application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.objectid, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.

    image

  6. In addition to above, NEOGOV 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
    mail user.mail
  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

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 NEOGOV.

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

To configure single sign-on on NEOGOV side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to your NEOGOV implementation consultant or to the NEOGOV support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create NEOGOV test user

In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in NEOGOV. Work with your NEOGOV implementation consultant or to the NEOGOV support team to add the users in the NEOGOV platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

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 and you should be automatically signed in to the NEOGOV for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the NEOGOV tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the NEOGOV 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 NEOGOV 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.