Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Cisco Webex Meetings
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Cisco Webex Meetings with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Cisco Webex Meetings with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Cisco Webex Meetings.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Cisco Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
- Service Provider Metadata file from Cisco Webex Meetings.
- Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.
This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Cisco Webex Meetings supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
- Cisco Webex Meetings supports Automated user provisioning and deprovisioning (recommended).
- Cisco Webex Meetings supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Add Cisco Webex Meetings from the gallery
To configure the integration of Cisco Webex Meetings into Azure AD, you need to add Cisco Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings in the search box.
- Select Cisco Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cisco Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cisco Webex Meetings, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Cisco Webex Meetings SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Cisco Webex Meetings test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Cisco Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings 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, you can configure the application in IDP initiated mode by uploading the Service Provider metadata file as follows:
Click Upload metadata file.
Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.
After successful completion of uploading Service Provider metadata file the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section.
You will get the Service Provider Metadata file from Configure Cisco Webex Meetings SSO section, which is explained later in the tutorial.
If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode, perform the following steps:
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, click the pencil icon.
In the Sign on URL textbox, type the URL using the following pattern:
Cisco Webex Meetings 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 the list of default attributes. Click Edit icon to open User Attributes dialog.
In addition to above, Cisco Webex Meetings application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response. In the User Claims section on the User Attributes dialog, perform the following steps to add SAML token attribute as shown in the below table:
Name Source Attribute firstname user.givenname lastname user.surname user.mail uid user.mail
- Click Add new claim to open the Manage user claims dialog.
- In the Name textbox, type the attribute name shown for that row.
- Leave the Namespace blank.
- Select Source as Attribute.
- From the Source attribute list, select the attribute value shown for that row from the drop-down list.
- Click Save.
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 Webex Meetings 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 Webex Meetings.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Cisco Webex Meetings.
- 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.
- 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 Webex Meetings SSO
Sign in to Cisco Webex Meetings with your administrator credentials.
Go to Common Site Settings and navigate to SSO Configuration.
On the Webex Administration page, perform the following steps:
Select SAML 2.0 as Federation Protocol.
Click on Import SAML Metadata link to upload the metadata file, which you have downloaded from Azure portal.
Select SSO Profile as IDP initiated and click on Export button to download the Service Provider Metadata file and upload it in the Basic SAML Configuration section on Azure portal.
Select Auto Account Creation.
For enabling just-in-time user provisioning you need to check the Auto Account Creation. In addition to that SAML token attributes need to be passed in the SAML response.
This configuration is only for the customers that use Webex UserID in email format.
To learn more about how to configure the Cisco Webex meetings, see the Webex documentation page.
Create Cisco Webex Meetings test user
The objective of this section is to create a user called B.Simon in Cisco Webex Meetings. Cisco Webex Meetings supports just-in-time provisioning, which is by default enabled. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Cisco Webex Meetings, a new one is created when you attempt to access Cisco Webex Meetings.
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 Webex Meetings Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Cisco Webex Meetings Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Cisco Webex Meetings for which you set up the SSO.
You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Cisco Webex Meetings tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Cisco Webex Meetings for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Cisco Webex Meetings 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.