Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Opal
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Opal with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Opal with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Opal.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Opal with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
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.
- Opal single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
- Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Opal supports IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Opal from the gallery
To configure the integration of Opal into Azure AD, you need to add Opal from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Opal in the search box.
- Select Opal 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 Opal
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Opal 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 Opal.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Opal, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Opal SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Opal test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Opal that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Opal application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type the value:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The Reply URL value is not real. Update the value with the actual Reply URL. Contact Opal 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.
Opal 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.
In addition to above, Opal 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 firstname user.givenname lastname user.surname
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.
On the Set up Opal section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the email@example.com. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Opal.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Opal.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- If you're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Opal SSO
To configure single sign-on on Opal side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Opal support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Opal test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Opal. Work with Opal support team to add the users in the Opal platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 Opal for which you set up the SSO.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Opal tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Opal for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Opal 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 Cloud App Security.