Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with ColorTokens ZTNA

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate ColorTokens ZTNA with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate ColorTokens ZTNA with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to ColorTokens ZTNA.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to ColorTokens ZTNA 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.
  • ColorTokens ZTNA single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • ColorTokens ZTNA supports SP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of ColorTokens ZTNA into Azure AD, you need to add ColorTokens ZTNA from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type ColorTokens ZTNA in the search box.
  6. Select ColorTokens ZTNA 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 ColorTokens ZTNA

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with ColorTokens ZTNA 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 ColorTokens ZTNA.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with ColorTokens ZTNA, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure ColorTokens ZTNA SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create ColorTokens ZTNA test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in ColorTokens ZTNA that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the ColorTokens ZTNA application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<tenantname>.spectrum.colortokens.com


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL, Identifier and Reply URL. Contact ColorTokens ZTNA Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. ColorTokens ZTNA 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.


  6. In addition to above, ColorTokens ZTNA 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
    department user.userprincipalname
    Group user.groups


    Click here to know how to create roles in Azure AD.

  7. 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.

    The Certificate download link

  8. On the Set up ColorTokens ZTNA section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to ColorTokens ZTNA.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select ColorTokens ZTNA.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you have setup the roles as explained in the above, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure ColorTokens ZTNA SSO

To configure single sign-on on ColorTokens ZTNA side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to ColorTokens ZTNA support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create ColorTokens ZTNA test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in ColorTokens ZTNA. Work with ColorTokens ZTNA support team to add the users in the ColorTokens ZTNA platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test SSO

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 ColorTokens ZTNA Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to ColorTokens ZTNA Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the ColorTokens ZTNA tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to ColorTokens ZTNA Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure ColorTokens ZTNA 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.