Backdrop offers the ability for users to setup a sync with Azure Active Directory. This sync imports the users and groups required for Backdrop to function. This guide covers how to get setup and what options are available.

Azure AD integration is powered by the Microsoft admin consent system. Users select the School Setup option under administration in Backdrop.

Azure AD integration is not available when the follow Integrations have been setup. 








This action takes users to the Integration select screen where you select either Microsoft or Google setup. Select Microsoft and you are redirected to the account selection screen. Here they can select the user account they wish to give admin consent with. Once given, Backdrop uses this account to query Azure Active Directory. The data returned is based on the permissions of that account returning only what they have access to.

Once an account is selected and access approved, the flow takes the user to the Microsoft integration setup screen in Backdrop. Here a user can select the type of Integration they want.

Type of Import

Full imports are powered by Microsoft Graph and support either Azure AD or School Data Sync Microsoft services. These imports pull in both users and groups and can be used to do a complete school setup without an MIS/SIS system. Groups only imports are powered by Microsoft Teams. This requires that users have already been added to Backdrop by MIS/SIS or CSV upload. Backdrop checks that the members of the Teams groups are already present in the solution and if they are, the Microsoft Teams groups are added as teaching groups for use in Classroom/Wellbeing. The full import option (Azure/Education) also adds Teams groups if available.

Data Source

Select the data source to Microsoft Education (School Data Sync) or Azure AD (Active Directory) depending on where your data is stored you wish to import. Only one data source can be used.

Include Automatic Login Credentials 

This takes the email address of the student users and populate the auto login system with this data. This allows the system to automatically identifiy students on devices where the Backdrop device client is installed. The system adds the full email to identify users on ChromeOS or Android devices. For Windows and Mac devices we read everything before the @ symbol as the local user account on the device

Example - login for ChromeOS/Android

a.student - login for Windows/Mac

Once you are happy with your selections, click Update Details

Azure AD Mappings

Now the correct mappings requires to be setup between the groups in Azure and the areas in Backdrop they are imported.

Select the Add New Mappings button.

First you need to select the type of mapping to use. The following options are available.

User - members of this Azure AD group are added as Staff member user. The Azure AD group is not added by name as a user group containing these users. 

Child - members of this Azure AD group are added as Students. These users populate the student side of the system and are the users who are monitored on devices.

Tutor Group - members of this Azure AD group are added as a Tutor Group. These groups are displayed under the Tutor groups section under students/children.

Teaching Groupmembers of this Azure AD group are added as a Teaching Group. These groups are displayed under the Teaching groups section under students/children.

Only one Mapping type can be used in a single mapping but multiple groups can be added.

The system requires a minimum of a User and Child mapping to function.

If no Tutor or Teaching groups are selected, all available groups are imported from Azure.

Once you have selected the correct mapping type, choose the groups you want to import with this mapping and click the Done button.

Repeat the above steps to add the additional mapping types to your config. Remember only one mapping type can be added to each mapping and at least User and Child need to be added.

For large scale mappings, a search field filters groups based on the characters entered and a multi select option to add groups on mass.

Once you are happy with groups you want to import. Click the Start Sync button to begin the import process. This can take several minutes depending on the size of the import.

The sync runs automatically every 12hrs. Mappings can be updated at anytime from the edit Microsoft settings under school setup.