Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Podbean
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Podbean with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Podbean with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Podbean.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Podbean 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.
- Podbean single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
Podbean supports SP initiated SSO
Podbean supports Just In Time user provisioning
Adding Podbean from the gallery
To configure the integration of Podbean into Azure AD, you need to add Podbean 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 Podbean in the search box.
- Select Podbean 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 Podbean
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Podbean 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 Podbean.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Podbean, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure Podbean SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Podbean test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Podbean 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 Podbean 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Podbean 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.
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 Podbean 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Podbean.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Podbean.
- 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 Podbean SSO
In a different web browser window, sign in to Podbean as an Administrator.
Click Settings -> SSO Login on the left sidebar.
Click on the URL, which is showing in the below image to download the Podbean SSO Metadata File and save it in your computer.
Upload the Federation Metadata XML file in the SSO IDP Metadata File.
Set your Email domain, SSO Organization Name and click on Submit.
Create Podbean test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Podbean. Podbean 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 Podbean, a new one is created after authentication.
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 Podbean Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Podbean Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft Access Panel. When you click the Podbean tile in the Access Panel, this will redirect to Podbean Sign-on URL. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.
Once you configure Podbean 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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