- May 6, 2017
- Posted by: Ayesha Imtiaz
- Category: Blog
Configure Single Sign On using Azure Active Directory on apps
Single sign on means being able to access all of the applications and resources that you need to do business, by signing in only once using a single user account. Once signed in, you can access all of the applications you need without requiring to authenticate a second time.
Many Organizations use SAAS applications such as Sales force, Box etc to increase productivity but they have to remember password for each individual application separately that was quite inconvenient and forgotten passwords leads to extra burden on IT stuff plus it is also a security concern. However, Azure active directory provides a solution to this by enabling its users to use their primary organizational account to sign into their company resources as well as SAAS and web apps needed for their jobs. Below are the steps to configure SSO.
Got to azure portal and sign in using your work credentials. You will be logged into azure portal. On the side panel Click on Active Directory as shown in the image below.
On the AAD page click on Enterprise applications, and you would see the application that your company owns or uses. You can configure SSO on all the applications that are already in use or you can add another app available on Microsoft’s cloud. To add a new application, click on New application button placed at the top of page
On clicking add, you would see different options. To add an application that your company is developing click first option and to add some 3rd party app from gallery, click on various categories shown at the left panel or simply type the name of application you want to add as shown in the image below. After choosing the application give it a name. There are 1000s of pre-integrated apps available in application gallery. You can add any app of your choice.
On proceeding, You will see a notification that “Your app has been added” Now you can configure SSO on the app you have added by simply clicking on the Configure Single Sign On Button. But before that you need to assign a user for testing. For that Simply click on “Assign a user for testing” and type in the user name. Once you add a user/group, You can configure Single Sign On for that specific application you have added, by simply clicking on configure single sign-on button.
After configuring all of the above settings, go to My Apps Portal and you can see the added app in the portal. Now you just need to click on the app and you would automatically be signed in to that app.
That is how you can configure SSO using Azure AD to multiple apps. Simple! Isn’t it?