Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Novatus

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

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

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Novatus, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
  • Novatus single sign-on enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Novatus supports SP initiated SSO.

  • Novatus supports Just In Time user provisioning.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Novatus 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 Novatus.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Novatus, 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 Novatus SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Novatus test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Novatus 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 Novatus 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.

    Screenshot showing the edit Basic SAML Configuration screen.

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://sso.novatuscontracts.com/<companyname>

    Note

    The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Novatus Client support team to get the value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Novatus section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per 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 Novatus.

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

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

Create Novatus test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Novatus. Novatus 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 Novatus, a new one is created after authentication.

Note

If you need to create a user manually, you need to contact the Novatus 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 Novatus Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Novatus 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.