Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Pingboard
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Pingboard with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Pingboard with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Pingboard.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Pingboard 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.
- Pingboard single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
Pingboard supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Pingboard supports Automated user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Pingboard from the gallery
To configure the integration of Pingboard into Azure AD, you need to add Pingboard 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 Pingboard in the search box.
- Select Pingboard 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 Pingboard
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Pingboard 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 Pingboard.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Pingboard, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Pingboard SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Pingboard test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Pingboard 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 Pingboard 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, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type the URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact Pingboard 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.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Pingboard section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per 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 Pingboard.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Pingboard.
- 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 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.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Pingboard SSO
To configure SSO on Pingboard side, open a new browser window and sign in to your Pingboard Account. You must be a Pingboard admin to set up single sign on.
From the top menu,, select Apps > Integrations
On the Integrations page, find the "Azure Active Directory" tile, and click it.
In the modal that follows click "Configure"
On the following page, you notice that "Azure SSO Integration is enabled". Open the downloaded Metadata XML file in a notepad and paste the content in IDP Metadata.
The file is validated, and if everything is correct, single sign-on will now be enabled.
Create Pingboard test user
The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Pingboard. Pingboard supports automatic user provisioning, which is by default enabled. You can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
If you need to create user manually, perform following steps:
Sign in to your Pingboard company site as an administrator.
Click “Add Employee” button on Directory page.
On the “Add Employee” dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Full Name textbox, type the full name of user like Britta Simon.
b. In the Email textbox, type the email address of user like firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. In the Job Title textbox, type the job title of Britta Simon.
d. In the Location dropdown, select the location of Britta Simon.
e. Click Add.
A confirmation screen comes up to confirm the addition of user.
The Azure Active Directory account holder receives an email and follows a link to confirm their account before it becomes active.
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 Pingboard Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Pingboard Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Pingboard 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 Pingboard 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 Pingboard for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Pingboard 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.
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