How do I use Single Sign-On with Azure and Bridge using SAML?

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to integrate Bridge with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Bridge uses a number of different authentication protocols for the security of the Bridge system including Bridge Basic authentication, SAML, CAS, and LDAP. Integrating Bridge with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Bridge
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Bridge (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

 

Requirements

  • An Azure AD subscription (If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial here).
  • A Bridge single sign-on enabled subscription

 

Steps for Configuration

  1. Adding Bridge from the gallery

  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

 

Adding Bridge from the gallery

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

 

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
    Azure Active Directory icon screenshot

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.
    All Applications menu item screenshot

  3. To add a new application, click the New application button.
    New application icon screenshot

  4. In the search box, type Bridge.
    Search box screenshot

  5. In the results panel, select Bridge, and then click the Add button to add the application.
    Add Bridge from gallery screenshot

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Bridge based on a test user called "Britta Simon."

 

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Bridge is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Bridge needs to be established.

 

In Bridge, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

 

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Bridge, you need to complete the following building blocks:

 

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a Bridge test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Bridge that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.

 

Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Bridge application.

 

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Bridge application integration page, click Single sign-on.
    Single sign-on icon screenshot

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
    Mode SAML-based Sign-on screenshot

  3. On the Bridge Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps. In the Sign-on URL textbox and in the Identifier textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
    https://<yourdomain>.bridgeapp.com

    Bridge Domain and URLs screenshot
    Note: "contoso" is the example value used in this tutorial, and should be replaced with your actual value.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Raw) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
    certificate

  5. Click the Save button.
    save button

  6. On the Bridge Configuration section, click Configure Bridge to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
    configure bridge screenshot

  7. To configure single sign-on on Bridge side, go to Admin > Account Settings > Auth tab. Then scroll down to Custom SAML and click Enable. You will need to enter the necessary information: Certificate Fingerprint and SAML Entity ID, SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, and Sign-Out URL.
    Custom SAML settings
    Note: You can calculate the Certificate Fingerprint by using this  tool. You may need to format the certificate first.

 

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

 

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
    Azure Active Directory icon screenshot

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and click All users.
    users screenshot

  3. To open the User dialog, click +New User on the top of the dialog.
    New user screenshot

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
    • In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    • In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon, which is

    BrittaSimon@<yourcustomdomain>.onmicrosoft.com

    • Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    • Click the Create button.
    User dialog screenshot

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Bridge.

default access screenshot

 

  1. In the Azure portal on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon. Then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
    Enterprise Apps screenshot

  2. In the applications list, select Bridge.
    Bridge app screenshot

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
    Users and groups screenshot

  4. Click the +Add user button. Then select click Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
    Add user screenshot

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select BrittaSimon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

 

You can test the login by opening an Incognito window and logging into the user's access panel at https://myapps.microsoft.com/

 

 

Additional Resources

List of Tutorials on How to Integrate SaaS Apps with Azure Active Directory
What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory?

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