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Calling a ASP.NET Core Web API from a WPF application using Azure AD

Sist oppdatert: 28.10.2016
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A WPF application that calls a Web API running on ASP.NET Core protected by Azure AD OAuth Bearer Authentication.

This sample demonstrates a .Net WPF application calling a web API that is secured using Azure AD. The .Net application uses the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) to obtain a JWT access token through the OAuth 2.0 protocol. The access token is sent to the ASP.NET Core Web API, which authenticates the user using the ASP.NET JWT Bearer Authentication middleware.

For more information about how the protocols work in this scenario and other scenarios, see Authentication Scenarios for Azure AD.

This sample been updated to ASP.NET Core GA. Looking for previous versions of this code sample? Check out the tags on the releases GitHub page.

How To Run This Sample

Getting started is simple! To run this sample you will need: - Install .NET Core for Windows by following the instructions at dot.net/core, which will include Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. - An Internet connection - An Azure subscription (a free trial is sufficient)

Every Azure subscription has an associated Azure Active Directory tenant. If you don't already have an Azure subscription, you can get a free subscription by signing up at https://azure.microsoft.com. All of the Azure AD features used by this sample are available free of charge.

Step 1: Clone or download this repository

From your shell or command line:

git clone https://github.com/Azure-Samples/active-directory-dotnet-native-aspnetcore.git

Step 2: Create a user account in your Azure Active Directory tenant

If you already have a user account in your Azure Active Directory tenant, you can skip to the next step. This sample will not work with a Microsoft account, so if you signed in to the Azure portal with a Microsoft account and have never created a user account in your directory before, you need to do that now. If you create an account and want to use it to sign-in to the Azure portal, don't forget to add the user account as a co-administrator of your Azure subscription.

Step 3: Register the sample with your Azure Active Directory tenant

There are two projects in this sample. Each needs to be separately registered in your Azure AD tenant.

Register the TodoListService web API

  1. Sign in to the Azure management portal.
  2. Click on Active Directory in the left hand nav.
  3. Click the directory tenant where you wish to register the sample application.
  4. Click the Applications tab.
  5. In the drawer, click Add.
  6. Click "Add an application my organization is developing".
  7. Enter a friendly name for the application, for example "TodoListService", select "Web Application and/or Web API", and click next.
  8. For the sign-on URL, enter the base URL for the sample, which is by default https://localhost:44351.
  9. For the App ID URI, enter https://<your_tenant_name>/TodoListService, replacing <your_tenant_name> with the name of your Azure AD tenant. Click OK to complete the registration.

Register the TodoListClient app

  1. Sign in to the Azure management portal.
  2. Click on Active Directory in the left hand nav.
  3. Click the directory tenant where you wish to register the sample application.
  4. Click the Applications tab.
  5. In the drawer, click Add.
  6. Click "Add an application my organization is developing".
  7. Enter a friendly name for the application, for example "TodoListClient-DotNet", select "Native Client Application", and click next.
  8. For the Redirect URI, enter http://TodoListClient. Click finish.
  9. Click the Configure tab of the application.
  10. Find the Client ID value and copy it aside, you will need this later when configuring your application.
  11. In "Permissions to Other Applications", click "Add Application." Select "All Apps" in the "Show" dropdown, and click the upper check mark. Locate & click on the TodoListService, and click the bottom check mark to add the application. Select "Access TodoListService" from the "Delegated Permissions" dropdown, and save the configuration.

Step 4: Configure the sample to use your Azure AD tenant

Configure the TodoListService project

  1. Open the solution in Visual Studio 2015.
  2. In the TodoListService project, open the appsettings.json file.
  3. Find the Tenant property and replace the value with your AAD tenant name, e.g. contoso.onmicrosoft.com.
  4. Find the Audience property and replace the value with the App ID URI you registered earlier, for example https://<your_tenant_name>/TodoListService.

Configure the TodoListClient project

  1. In the TodoListClient project, open App.config.
  2. Find the app key ida:Tenant and replace the value with your AAD tenant name.
  3. Find the app key ida:ClientId and replace the value with the Client ID for the TodoListClient from the Azure portal.
  4. Find the app key ida:RedirectUri and replace the value with the Redirect URI for the TodoListClient from the Azure portal, for example http://TodoListClient.
  5. Find the app key todo:TodoListResourceId and replace the value with the App ID URI of the TodoListService, for example https://<your_tenant_name>/TodoListService
  6. If you changed the default value, find the app key todo:TodoListBaseAddress and replace the value with the base address of the TodoListService project.

Step 5: Trust the IIS Express SSL certificate

Since the web API is SSL protected, the client of the API (the web app) will refuse the SSL connection to the web API unless it trusts the API's SSL certificate. Use the following steps in Windows Powershell to trust the IIS Express SSL certificate. You only need to do this once. If you fail to do this step, calls to the TodoListService will always throw an unhandled exception where the inner exception message is:

"The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel."

To configure your computer to trust the IIS Express SSL certificate, begin by opening a Windows Powershell command window as Administrator.

Query your personal certificate store to find the thumbprint of the certificate for CN=localhost:

PS C:\windows\system32> dir Cert:\LocalMachine\My


    Directory: Microsoft.PowerShell.Security\Certificate::LocalMachine\My


Thumbprint                                Subject
----------                                -------
C24798908DA71693C1053F42A462327543B38042  CN=localhost

Next, add the certificate to the Trusted Root store:

PS C:\windows\system32> $cert = (get-item cert:\LocalMachine\My\C24798908DA71693C1053F42A462327543B38042)
PS C:\windows\system32> $store = (get-item cert:\Localmachine\Root)
PS C:\windows\system32> $store.Open("ReadWrite")
PS C:\windows\system32> $store.Add($cert)
PS C:\windows\system32> $store.Close()

You can verify the certificate is in the Trusted Root store by running this command:

PS C:\windows\system32> dir Cert:\LocalMachine\Root

Step 6: Run the sample

Clean the solution, rebuild the solution, and run it. You might want to go into the solution properties and set both projects as startup projects, with the service project starting first.

Explore the sample by signing in, adding items to the To Do list, removing the user account, and starting again. Notice that if you stop the application without removing the user account, the next time you run the application you won't be prompted to sign-in again - that is the sample implements a persistent cache for ADAL, and remembers the tokens from the previous run.

NOTE: Remember, the To Do list is stored in memory in this TodoListService sample. Each time you run the TodoListService API, your To Do list will get emptied.