Azure Active Directory SSO integration with DX NetOps Portal

In this article, you'll learn how to integrate DX NetOps Portal with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). DX NetOps Portal provides network observability, topology with fault correlation and root-cause analysis at telecom carrier level scale, over traditional and software defined networks, internal and external. When you integrate DX NetOps Portal with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to DX NetOps Portal.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to DX NetOps Portal with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

You'll configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for DX NetOps Portal in a test environment. DX NetOps Portal supports IDP initiated single sign-on.


To integrate Azure Active Directory with DX NetOps Portal, you need:

  • An Azure AD user account. If you don't already have one, you can Create an account for free.
  • One of the following roles: Global Administrator, Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator, or owner of the service principal.
  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • DX NetOps Portal single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Add application and assign a test user

Before you begin the process of configuring single sign-on, you need to add the DX NetOps Portal application from the Azure AD gallery. You need a test user account to assign to the application and test the single sign-on configuration.

Add DX NetOps Portal from the Azure AD application gallery to configure single sign-on with DX NetOps Portal. For more information on how to add application from the gallery, see the Quickstart: Add application from the gallery.

Create and assign Azure AD test user

Follow the guidelines in the create and assign a user account article to create a test user account in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

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, and assign roles. The wizard also provides a link to the single sign-on configuration pane in the Azure portal. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards..

Configure Azure AD SSO

Complete the following steps to enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the DX NetOps Portal 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, select the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Screenshot shows to edit Basic SAML Configuration.

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type a value using the following pattern: <DX NetOps Portal hostname>

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<DX NetOps Portal FQDN>:<SSO port>/sso/saml2/UserAssertionService

    c. In the Relay State textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: SsoProductCode=pc&SsoRedirectUrl=https://<DX NetOps Portal FQDN>:<https port>/pc/desktop/page


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier, Reply URL and Relay State URL. Contact DX NetOps Portal 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. Your DX NetOps Portal 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 DX NetOps Portal 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.

    Screenshot shows the image of attributes configuration.

  6. 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.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

  7. On the Set up DX NetOps Portal section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Screenshot shows to copy configuration appropriate URL.

Configure DX NetOps Portal SSO

To configure single sign-on on DX NetOps Portal side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to DX NetOps Portal support team. The support team will use the copied URLs to configure the single sign-on on the application.

Create DX NetOps Portal test user

To be able to test and use single sign-on, you have to create and activate users in the DX NetOps Portal application.

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in DX NetOps Portal that corresponds with the Azure AD user you already created in the previous section. Work with DX NetOps Portal support team to add the user in the DX NetOps Portal platform.

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 and you should be automatically signed in to the DX NetOps Portal for which you set up the SSO.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the DX NetOps Portal tile in the My Apps, you should be automatically signed in to the DX NetOps Portal for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Additional resources

Next steps

Once you configure DX NetOps Portal 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 Cloud App Security.