# Azure AD Application Proxy

Azure AD integration is a feature of the Pozi Enterprise Cloud offering.

Pozi's Azure AD Application Proxy integration enables your organisation's staff and other authorised users to access internal data sources in Pozi without needing to be connected to your network.

# How it works

  1. user visits the dedicated Pozi Enterprise address (eg cardinia.enterprise.pozi.com)
  2. Pozi app sends a request to client's MS App Proxy endpoint (eg https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/resourcecheck/cardinia.json)
  3. if user is signed in to their Microsoft account, Pozi continues to load, and the user will have access to the internal datasets configured for Pozi within the organisation's app proxy

If the user is not already logged in, the browser is redirected to the Microsoft login page.

Once signed in, users will have access to internal datasets for as long their Microsoft account remains logged in.

# Permissions

Whether a user can access private datasets is based on whether the user is given permission by the organisation to access the MS App Proxy endpoint that is dedicated for Pozi.

As long as the staff member or other authorised user has permission to access the MS App Proxy endpoint ( eg https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/), then they will have access to the internal datasets that have been configured within Pozi.


Users use a separate URL that enforces a login to Azure Active Directory before the browser loads the Pozi site.


  • Public URL: https://<sitename>.pozi.com/
  • Staff URL: https://<sitename>.enterprise.pozi.com/

# Azure Configuration

# App Proxy

Microsoft documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/app-proxy/application-proxy-add-on-premises-application#add-an-on-premises-app-to-azure-ad

  • Azure Application Proxy to point to https://local.pozi.com/ (or other previously configured DNS forward address)
  • ensure "Pre Authentication" is Azure Auth, not passthrough

Other settings:

When configured correctly, a request from a logged-in user to URL (for example)...


...should return the same response as a local request to...


Ensure it doesn't return a response to a non-logged-in or anonymous user.

# App Registration

# Authentication

  • Add the App Proxy URL to Redirect URIs to the Web section. E.g.:
    • https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/
  • Add the following Redirect URIs to the Single-page application section:
    • https://<sitename>.enterprise.pozi.com/
    • https://staging.pozi.com/feature-azure/ (for testing/debugging)
    • http://localhost:3000/ (for development)
    • If needed, add any extra URIs that the client uses (e.g. https://cardinia-qgis.enterprise.pozi.com/)
  • In Implicit grant and hybrid flows: Access tokens and ID tokens should remain unchecked
  • In Advanced settings: Set Allow public client flows to No

# Authorisation

All going well, it should be possible to visit the App Proxy URL (in our example case: https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/). If an error is shown like: Sorry, but we’re having trouble with signing you in. with a text similar to below, then we will need to give the relevant users/groups access.

Steps to authorise users/groups

  • In the Azure Portal, go to Enterprise Applications, select the enterprise application for the Pozi Application Proxy
  • Under Manage, select Users and groups
  • If no users/groups have been defined, it will say something like No application assignments found
  • Click on + Add user/group
  • In the next page, click on the text None selected under`Users and groups
  • On the right a panel should pop up with all available users/groups. Assuming that we want all users to have access, click on the group All users and click on Select in the bottom.
  • It is worth taking note of the the info text When you assign a group to an application, only users directly in the group will have access. The assignment does not cascade to nested groups., especially when one chooses a group that contains other groups. In the case of All users, this is not an issue.
  • Under Select a role, the role User is preselected and cannot be changed. That is OK.
  • Click on Assign in the bottom of the page.

Access should now be granted to the application proxy and the URL should be accessible.

# API Permissions

  • Give Pozi the following permissions:
    • API/Permissions Name: User.Read, Type: Delegated, Admin consent required: No. This should allow Pozi to determine access based on a user's role(s).

Important: a user authenticated with the council's Azure AD through Pozi will need to their tokens to have been provided with permission to access all of the App Proxy (i.e. https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/ as well as https://pozi-cardiniavicgovau.msappproxy.net/iis/qgisserver/).

# Site URL

Using <sitename>.enterprise.pozi.com forces user to authenticate before proceeding to the Pozi site. These users will gain access to the private datasets.

Public users should continue to use <sitename>.pozi.com. They will not be prompted to authenticate, and they will have access to only public data.

# Token-based Authentication/Authorisation


# App Roles

It is possible to assign app roles to users and groups and make those roles available through our token-based authentication/authorisation (which is currently still experimental).

The instructions below follow the Microsoft guide on adding app roles.

# Create App Roles

  • Go to the App Proxy application in the App registrations sections and select App roles
  • Create the following app role for read access to Pozi Server:
    • Display name: Pozi Server Read Access
    • Allowed member types: Users/Groups
    • Value: PoziServer.Read
    • Description: Read access to Pozi Server
    • Do you want to enable this app role?:
  • Create the following app role for write access to Pozi Server:
    • Display name: Pozi Server Write Access
    • Allowed member types: Users/Groups
    • Value: PoziServer.Write
    • Description: Write access to Pozi Server
    • Do you want to enable this app role?:

# Assign App Roles to Users/Groups

  • Go to the App Proxy application in the Enterprise applications section and in the Manage category, select Users and groups
  • Select all users/groups that should get read access to Pozi Server and click on Edit in the top of the page
  • Click on Select a role and select the role Pozi Server Read Access and click on Select in the bottom of the page
  • For enabling write access follow the same steps again but now select the role Pozi Server Write Access
  • Currently, the Azure UI shows one row per role per user/group. That is expected behaviour.

# App Roles in Tokens

  • The roles defined above will automatically become available in the authentication tokens in the browser, allowing Pozi to change its behaviour depending on the roles that the user (or the group they are in) have.