Tutorial: Microsoft Entra single sign-on (SSO) integration with VeraSMART
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate VeraSMART with Microsoft Entra ID. When you integrate VeraSMART with Microsoft Entra ID, you can:
- Control in Microsoft Entra ID who has access to VeraSMART.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to VeraSMART with their Microsoft Entra accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location.
To learn more about SaaS app integration with Microsoft Entra ID, see What is application access and single sign-on with Microsoft Entra ID.
To get started, you need the following items:
- A Microsoft Entra subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
- VeraSMART single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Microsoft Entra SSO in a test environment.
- VeraSMART supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
- VeraSMART supports Just In Time user provisioning
- Once you configure VeraSMART 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.
Adding VeraSMART from the gallery
To configure the integration of VeraSMART into Microsoft Entra ID, you need to add VeraSMART from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Cloud Application Administrator.
- Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications > New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type VeraSMART in the search box.
- Select VeraSMART 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 Microsoft Entra SSO for VeraSMART
Configure and test Microsoft Entra SSO with VeraSMART using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between a Microsoft Entra user and the related user in VeraSMART.
To configure and test Microsoft Entra SSO with VeraSMART, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Microsoft Entra SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure VeraSMART SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create VeraSMART test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in VeraSMART that is linked to the Microsoft Entra representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Microsoft Entra SSO
Follow these steps to enable Microsoft Entra SSO.
Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications > VeraSMART > 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, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
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 Identifier, Reply URL and Sign-on URL. Contact VeraSMART Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.
Create a Microsoft Entra test user
In this section, you'll create a test user called B.Simon.
- Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a User Administrator.
- Browse to Identity > Users > All users.
- Select New user > Create new user, at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Display name field, enter
- In the User principal 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.
- Select Review + create.
- In the Display name field, enter
- Select Create.
Assign the Microsoft Entra test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use single sign-on by granting access to VeraSMART.
Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications > VeraSMART.
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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure VeraSMART SSO
Log in to the VeraSMART as an administrator.
Go to the Administration -> Security -> Authentication Configuration.
Perform the following steps in the following page:
a. Select SAML2 as Single sign-on method from the dropdown.
b. In the Metadata location textbox, enter the metadata file URL.
c. Click on Process IDP metadata.
Alternatively you can also upload the Metadata file by clicking on the Choose File option.
d. Select the Entity ID value from the Entity ID dropdown.
e. Click on Save.
Create VeraSMART test user
In this section, a user called B.Simon is created in VeraSMART. VeraSMART 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 VeraSMART, a new one is created after authentication.
In this section, you test your Microsoft Entra single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the VeraSMART tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the VeraSMART for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.