Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Tulip

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

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


This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Tulip supports IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Tulip into Azure AD, you need to add Tulip 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 Tulip in the search box.
  6. Select Tulip 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 Tulip

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Tulip 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 Tulip.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Tulip, 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 Tulip SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Tulip test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Tulip 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 Tulip 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:

    a. Click Upload metadata file.


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


    c. Once the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section:



    If the Identifier and Reply URL values are not getting auto populated, then fill in the values manually according to your requirement.

  5. Tulip application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes.


  6. In addition to above, Tulip application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    displayName user.displayname
    emailAddress user.mail
    badgeID user.employeeid
    groups user.groups
  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up Tulip section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 Tulip.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Tulip.
  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 Tulip SSO

  1. Log in to your Tulip website as administrator.

  2. Go to the Settings -> SAML and perform the following steps in the below page.

    Screenshot for tulip configuration.

    a. Enable SAML Logins.

    b. Click on metadata xml file to download the Service Provider metadata file and use this file to upload in the Basic SAML Configuration section in Azure portal.

    c. In the SSO Login URL textbox, paste the Login URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    d. In the SSO Logout URL textbox, paste the Logout URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    e. Open the downloaded Certificate (Base64) from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the Certificates textbox.

    f. In the Attribute Mapping,

    • give the Name Attribute value as displayName.

    • give the Email Attribute value as emailAdress.

    • give the Badge Attribute value as badgeID.

    • give the Role Attribute value as groups.

    g. In the Role Mapping, map the group's ObjectID with Account Owner.

    h. Click Save SAML Configuration.

Create Tulip test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Tulip. Work with Tulip support team to add the users in the Tulip platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

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 and you should be automatically signed in to the Tulip for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Tulip tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the Tulip for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Tulip 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.