Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Firmex VDR

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

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

Scenario description

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

  • Firmex VDR supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Firmex VDR into Azure AD, you need to add Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR in the search box.
  6. Select Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Firmex VDR, 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 Firmex VDR SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Firmex VDR test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR 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, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

  5. Click Set additional URLs and perform the following step if you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL text box, type the URL: https://login.firmex.com

  6. Click Save.

  7. Firmex VDR 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.


  8. In addition to above, Firmex VDR 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
    email user.mail
  9. 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

  10. On the Set-up Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Firmex VDR.
  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're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Firmex VDR SSO

Before you get started

What you’ll need

  • An active Firmex subscription.
  • Azure AD as your SSO service.
  • Your IT administrator to configure SSO.
  • Once SSO is enabled, all of your company’s users must log in to Firmex using SSO, and not using a login/password.

How long will this take?

Implementing SSO takes a few minutes. There is virtually no downtime between Firmex Support enabling SSO for your site, and your company’s users authenticating using SSO. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Identify your company’s domains

Identify the domains with which your company’s users are logging in.

For example:

  • @firmex.com.
  • @firmex.ca.

Step 2 - Contact Firmex Support with your domains

Email Firmex Support Team or call 1888 688 4042 x.11 to speak to Firmex Support. Pass along your domain information. Firmex Support will add the domains to your VDR as claimed domains. Your admin must now configure SSO.

Warning: Until your site admin configures the claimed domains, your company’s users will not be able to log in to the VDR. Non-company users (that is, guest users) can still log in using their email/password. Configuration should take a few minutes.

Step 3 - Configure the claimed domains

  1. Log in to Firmex as a Site Administrator.

  2. From the top-left corner, click your company logo.

  3. Select the SSO tab. Then select SSO Configuration. Click the domain you want to configure.

    Claimed Domains

  4. Have your IT Administrator fill in the following fields. The fields should be taken from your identity provider:

    SSO Configuration

    a. In the Entity ID textbox, paste the Azure AD Identifier value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    b. In the Identity Provider URL textbox, paste the Login URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. Public Key Certificate - For authentication purposes, a SAML message may be digitally signed by the issuer. To verify the signature on the message, the message receiver uses a public key known to belong to the issuer. Similarly, to encrypt a message, a public encryption key belonging to the ultimate receiver must be known to the issuer. In both situations—signing and encryption—trusted public keys must be shared in advance. This is the X509Certificate from Federation Metadata XML

    d. Click Save to complete the SSO configuration. Changes take effect immediately.

  5. At this time, SSO is enabled for your site.

Create Firmex VDR test user

In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in Firmex. Work with Firmex Support Team to add the users in the Firmex 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 the following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Firmex VDR Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

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

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR 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 Firmex VDR for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Firmex VDR 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.