Azure Active Directory Labs Series – Create Application


Back in June I had the pleasure of delivering a training on Azure Active Directory to two customer crowds.  I say pleasure because not only do I love to share knowledge but also, the preparation of the training forces me to go deep on some aspects of what I’m going to teach.

In that training there were 8 labs and I thought it would be great to share them to the more general public.  The labs follow each other and build on each other.

You can find the exhaustive list in Cloud Identity & Azure Active Directory page.

In the current lab we create an Azure AD application that will be useful in future labs.  You can also read Azure Active Directory Application to learn more about the conceptual side of applications in AAD.

Lab objectives

Create a new application in an Azure Active Directory tenant.

We will use this application in another lab to protect an Azure Web App.

Create Application

  1. Go to the legacy portal @ https://manage.windowsazure.com
  2. Scroll down the left menu to the bottom and select Active Directory
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  3. You should see the following screen
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  4. Select a tenant you created for this lab & enter it
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  5. Select the Applications sub menu
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  6. In the middle-bottom of the screen, click ADD
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  7. In the pop up window, select the first option
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  8. For the name of the application, type WebDemo
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  9. Leave the type of application to Web Application and / or Web API
  10. Click the next button at the bottom of the dialog
  11. For sign-on URL, at the moment it is unimportant, so type http://nowhere.com
  12. For App ID URI, type uri://webdemo.mydemos
    Type URI is a unique identifier within your tenant for the application ; it doesn’t need to be a URL (i.e. having a valid protocol), as we do here we prefix it with uri://
  13. Click the check box to create the application

Limit Access to application

We will limit the access of this application to a selected group of users

  1. Select the configure menu on the application
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  2. Scroll down until you find User Assignment Requied to access App and select Yes
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  3. Click the save button at the bottom of the screen
  4. Wait for it to finish saving
  5. Select the Users menu on the application
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  6. Select the first user, i.e. Alan Scott
  7. Click the assign button at the bottom of the screen
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  8. Answer yes (you want to enable access for the user)
  9. Repeat the step for the second user, i.e. Barry Allen
  10. Note: with Azure AD Premium, you can assign groups and users

Post Lab

  1. Select the configure menu on the application and look at the configuration
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