Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Recognize

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

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

Prerequisites

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.
  • Recognize single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Recognize supports SP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Recognize into Azure AD, you need to add Recognize from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

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

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Recognize 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 Recognize.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Recognize, 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 Recognize SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Recognize test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Recognize 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 Recognize 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, if you have Service Provider metadata file, perform the following steps:

    Note

    You will get the Service Provider metadata file from the Configure Recognize Single Sign-On section of the tutorial.

    a. Click Upload metadata file.

    Upload metadata file

    b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.

    choose metadata file

    c. After the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier value get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section.

    In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://recognizeapp.com/<YOUR_DOMAIN>/saml/sso

    Note

    If the Identifier value do not get auto populated, you will get the Identifier value by opening the Service Provider Metadata URL from the SSO Settings section that is explained later in the Configure Recognize Single Sign-On section of the tutorial. The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact Recognize 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 Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Recognize 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'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Recognize.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Recognize.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Recognize SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, sign in to your Recognize tenant as an administrator.

  2. On the upper right corner, click Menu. Go to Company Admin.

    Screenshot shows Company Admin selected from the Settings menu.

  3. On the left navigation pane, click Settings.

    Screenshot shows Settings selected from the navigation page.

  4. Perform the following steps on SSO Settings section.

    Screenshot shows S S O Settings where you can enter the values described.

    a. As Enable SSO, select ON.

    b. In the IDP Entity ID textbox, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. In the Sso target url textbox, paste the value of Login URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    d. In the Slo target url textbox, paste the value of Logout URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    e. Open your downloaded Certificate (Base64) file in notepad, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the Certificate textbox.

    f. Click the Save settings button.

  5. Beside the SSO Settings section, copy the URL under Service Provider Metadata url.

    Screenshot shows Notes, where you can copy the Service Provider Metadata.

  6. Open the Metadata URL link under a blank browser to download the metadata document. Then copy the EntityDescriptor value(entityID) from the file and paste it in Identifier textbox in Basic SAML Configuration on Azure portal.

    Screenshot shows a text box with plain text X M L where you can get the entity I D.

Create Recognize test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Recognize, they must be provisioned into Recognize. In the case of Recognize, provisioning is a manual task.

This app doesn't support SCIM provisioning but has an alternate user sync that provisions users.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign into your Recognize company site as an administrator.

  2. On the upper right corner, click Menu. Go to Company Admin.

  3. On the left navigation pane, click Settings.

  4. Perform the following steps on User Sync section.

    New User

    a. As Sync Enabled, select ON.

    b. As Choose sync provider, select Microsoft / Office 365.

    c. Click Run User Sync.

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

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

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

Next steps

Once you configure Recognize 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.