Azure Active Directory SSO integration with O'Reilly learning platform

In this article, you learn how to integrate O'Reilly learning platform with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Azure AD's integration with the O’Reilly learning platform allows you to enable single sign-on (SSO) with SAML. This creates a seamless login experience for end users. When you integrate O'Reilly learning platform with Azure AD, you can:

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

You need to configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for O'Reilly learning platform in a test environment. O'Reilly learning platform supports both SP and IDP initiated single sign-on and Just In Time user provisioning.


To integrate Azure Active Directory with O'Reilly learning platform, you need:

  • An Azure AD user account. If you don't already have one, you can Create an account for free.
  • One of the following roles: Global Administrator, Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator, or owner of the service principal.
  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • O'Reilly learning platform single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Add application and assign a test user

Before you begin the process of configuring single sign-on, you need to add the O'Reilly learning platform application from the Azure AD gallery. You need a test user account to assign to the application and test the single sign-on configuration.

Add O'Reilly learning platform from the Azure AD application gallery to configure single sign-on with O'Reilly learning platform. For more information on how to add application from the gallery, see the Quickstart: Add application from the gallery.

Create and assign Azure AD test user

Follow the guidelines in the create and assign a user account article to create a test user account in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

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, and assign roles. The wizard also provides a link to the single sign-on configuration pane in the Azure portal. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards..

Configure Azure AD SSO

Complete the following steps to enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the O'Reilly learning platform 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, select the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Screenshot shows how to edit Basic SAML Configuration.

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

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a value using the following pattern: urn:auth0:learning:<CONNECTION-NAME>

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:<CONNECTION-NAME>

  5. If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode, then perform the following step:

    In the Sign on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:<CONNECTION-NAME>


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Sign on URL. Contact O'Reilly learning platform Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. 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.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

Configure O'Reilly learning platform SSO

To configure single sign-on on O'Reilly learning platform side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to O'Reilly learning platform support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create O'Reilly learning platform test user

In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in O'Reilly learning platform. O'Reilly learning platform supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There's no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in O'Reilly learning platform, a new one is commonly 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 O'Reilly learning platform Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to O'Reilly learning platform 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 O'Reilly learning platform 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 O'Reilly learning platform 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 O'Reilly learning platform for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Additional resources

Next steps

Once you configure O'Reilly learning platform 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.