Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Cisco Intersight
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Cisco Intersight with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Cisco Intersight with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Cisco Intersight.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Cisco Intersight with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
To get started, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
- Cisco Intersight single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Cisco Intersight supports SP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Adding Cisco Intersight from the gallery
To configure the integration of Cisco Intersight into Azure AD, you need to add Cisco Intersight from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Cisco Intersight in the search box.
- Select Cisco Intersight from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.
Alternatively, you can also use the Enterprise App Configuration Wizard. In this wizard, you can add an application to your tenant, add users/groups to the app, assign roles, as well as walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.
Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Cisco Intersight
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cisco Intersight using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Cisco Intersight.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cisco Intersight, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Cisco Intersight SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Cisco Intersight test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Cisco Intersight that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Cisco Intersight application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Sign on URL text box, type the URL:
b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type the URL:
Your Cisco Intersight application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows an example for this. The default value of Unique User Identifier is user.userprincipalname but Cisco Intersight expects this to be mapped with the user's email address. For that you can use user.mail attribute from the list or use the appropriate attribute value based on your organization configuration..
In addition to above, Cisco Intersight application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.
Name Source Attribute First_Name user.givenname Last_Name user.surname memberOf user.groups
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Cisco Intersight section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the email@example.com. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Cisco Intersight.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Cisco Intersight.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Cisco Intersight SSO
To configure single sign-on on Cisco Intersight side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Cisco Intersight support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Cisco Intersight test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Cisco Intersight. Work with Cisco Intersight support team to add the users in the Cisco Intersight platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.
Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Cisco Intersight Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Cisco Intersight Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Cisco Intersight tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Cisco Intersight Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Cisco Intersight you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.