Microsoft Entra SSO integration with Windchill
In this article, you'll learn how to integrate Windchill with Microsoft Entra ID. Windchill PLM Software - Realize value quickly with out-of-the-box functionality across a comprehensive portfolio of core Product Data Management and advanced Product Lifecycle Management applications. When you integrate Windchill with Microsoft Entra ID, you can:
- Control in Microsoft Entra ID who has access to Windchill.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Windchill with their Microsoft Entra accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location.
You'll configure and test Microsoft Entra single sign-on for Windchill in a test environment. Windchill supports SP and IDP initiated single sign-on.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
To integrate Microsoft Entra ID with Windchill, you need:
- A Microsoft Entra user account. If you don't already have one, you can Create an account for free.
- One of the following roles: Global Administrator, Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator, or owner of the service principal.
- A Microsoft Entra subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
- Windchill single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
Add application and assign a test user
Before you begin the process of configuring single sign-on, you need to add the Windchill application from the Microsoft Entra gallery. You need a test user account to assign to the application and test the single sign-on configuration.
Add Windchill from the Microsoft Entra gallery
Add Windchill from the Microsoft Entra application gallery to configure single sign-on with Windchill. For more information on how to add application from the gallery, see the Quickstart: Add application from the gallery.
Create and assign Microsoft Entra test user
Follow the guidelines in the create and assign a user account article to create a test user account called B.Simon.
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, and assign roles. The wizard also provides a link to the single sign-on configuration pane. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards..
Configure Microsoft Entra SSO
Complete the following steps to enable Microsoft Entra single sign-on.
Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications > Windchill > Single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, select the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.
If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode, then perform the following step:
In the Sign on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
This value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign on URL. Contact Windchill Client support team to get the value. 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, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Windchill section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Configure Windchill SSO
To configure single sign-on on Windchill side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from the application configuration to Windchill support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Windchill test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon at Windchill. Work with Windchill support team to add the users in the Windchill platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
In this section, you test your Microsoft Entra single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application, this will redirect to Windchill Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Windchill Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
Click on Test this application, and you should be automatically signed in to the Windchill 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 Windchill 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 Windchill for which you set up the SSO. For more information, see Microsoft Entra My Apps.
Once you configure Windchill 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 Cloud App Security.