Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Overdrive

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Overdrive supports SP initiated SSO.

  • Overdrive supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of Overdrive into Azure AD, add Overdrive from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps by doing the following:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal with either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. In the left pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Go to Enterprise Applications, and then select All Applications.
  4. To add a new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Overdrive in the search box.
  6. In the results pane, select Overdrive, 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 Overdrive

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Overdrive 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 Overdrive.

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

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: http://<subdomain>.libraryreserve.com


    The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Overdrive 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 App Federation Metadata URL from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Overdrive 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 enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Overdrive.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Overdrive.

  2. In the applications list, select Overdrive.

  3. In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Configure Overdrive SSO

To configure single sign-on on Overdrive side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata URL to Overdrive support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Overdrive test user

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


You can use any other OverDrive user account creation tools or APIs provided by OverDrive to provision Azure AD user accounts.

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 Overdrive Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Overdrive 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.