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Azure Active Directory integration and SSO

How it works

With Azure AD Authentication, users and groups are managed in the Azure AD console, in much the same way as on a Windows Active Directory server. Group changes in the AD, such as the addition or removal of users, is automatically updated so that all user management can be done in the Azure AD only. 

Azure Active Directory integration involves the following steps:

  • Adding the FotoWeb site to the Azure AD portal
  • Enabling Azure Active Directory integration on the FotoWeb site
  • Importing groups into FotoWeb
  • Assigning access to FotoWeb archives based on the groups you've imported

Setting it up

Add the FotoWeb application to the Azure management console

Log in to the Azure portal and add a new application to the Active Directory.

Name the application and choose Web application as its type. At this point, also set the Redirect URI that your application uses. For single sign-on to a FotoWare SaaS tenant, the URL is typically of this format:

https://company.fotoware.cloud/fotoweb/auth

Tip:

After creating the application registration, go to App Registrations > Application > Overview to retrieve the Application ID (screenshot below). This ID needs to be entered into the FotoWeb Azure AD config in the site configuration later.

Set the correct Redirect URI

Go to Application > Authentication > Redirect URIs and add a new Redirect URI. It should match the FotoWeb server's public hostname followed by /fotoweb/auth/signin-oidc, for example https://company.fotoware.cloud/fotow...th/signin-oidc

Next, remove the original Redirect URL that's listed: http://fotoweb.company.com/fotoweb/auth/

Assign permissions to the application

Next, assign the necessary settings to the application: Go to Application > API Permissions click on the Add a permission button.

Use the Microsoft Graph API to add two Delegated permissions, namely

  • Access the directory as the signed-in user (Directory.AccessAsUser.All)
  • Sign in and read user profile (User.Read)

Make sure to hit Save to update the permissions.

Finally, click on Grant admin consent for FotoWare below to assign the permissions to all users in the directory:

Create application secret

Next, generate an application secretunder Application > Certificates and secrets > Client secrets:

Click on the New client secret button and enter a key description (simply a label) and set a duration/validity period. For security reasons, a key can be valid for a maximum of two years.
The key will be created and can be obtained after you save the changes. It can then be copied to the clipboard and pasted into the Application key field in the Azure AD settings in the Operations Center.

TIP!

Because the validity of the application key is maximum two years, it's practical to make a reminder in your maintenance calendar to replace the key before it expires. If they key does expire, users will temporarily lose access to the system.

Adding Azure AD information to the Operations Center

Having completed the above steps, make sure you have gathered the necessary information from the Azure console before proceeding:

Application Id

Found in the Azure console in the application overview:

Application Key

The secret generated in the Azure console with a validity of maximum two years.

Tenant / Domain Name

The domain name listed in the Azure portal. If you're uncertain about the value, open the Azure console and click on the Azure Active Directory node. The Name field there lists the correct domain name.

Directory ID

This can be found on the Overview blade, next to the Application ID - see the screenshot above.

Adding the information to the FotoWeb tenant in the Operations Center

On the FotoWeb server, open the Operations Center and go to the FotoWeb site configuration.

Go to the Settings tab and choose the Authentication providers node under Services.

Enter the Application Id, Application Key (called Client Secret in the Azure portal), Tenant/Domain name and Directory Id values and save the changes.

Importing groups and assigning access

Next, you need to import groups from the Active Directory to give them access to FotoWeb. You can then proceed to assign access to FotoWeb archives and actions using the imported groups.