Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Mist Cloud Admin SSO

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Mist Cloud Admin SSO with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Mist Cloud Admin SSO with Azure AD, you can:

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

Prerequisites

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.
  • Mist Cloud account, you can create an account here.
  • Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.

Scenario description

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

  • Mist Cloud Admin SSO supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.

To configure the integration of Mist Cloud Admin SSO into Azure AD, you need to add Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO in the search box.
  6. Select Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mist Cloud Admin SSO using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link between your Azure AD app and Mist organization SSO.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mist Cloud Admin SSO, perform the following steps:

  1. Perform initial configuration of the Mist Cloud SSO - to generate ACS URL on the application side.

  2. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.

    1. Create Role for the SSO Application
    2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    3. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  3. Complete configuration of the Mist Cloud

  4. Create Roles to link roles sent by the Azure AD

  5. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Perform Initial Configuration of the Mist Cloud SSO

  1. Sign in to the Mist dashboard using a local account.

  2. Go to Organization > Settings > Single Sign-On > Add IdP.

  3. Under Single Sign-On section select Add IDP.

  4. In the Name field type Azure AD and select Add.

    Screenshot shows to add identity provider.

  5. Copy Reply URL value, paste this value into the Reply URL text box in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

    Screenshot shows to Reply URL value.

Configure Azure AD SSO

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

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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.

    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: https://api.<MISTCLOUDREGION>.mist.com/api/v1/saml/<SSOUNIQUEID>/login

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://api.<MISTCLOUDREGION>.mist.com/api/v1/saml/<SSOUNIQUEID>/login

  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://manage.mist.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Mist Cloud Admin SSO support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  6. Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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.

    Screenshot shows the image of attribute mappings.

  7. In addition to above, Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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
    FirstName user.givenname
    LastName user.surname
    Role user.assignedroles

    Note

    Please click here to know how to configure Role in Azure AD. Mist Cloud requires Role attribute to assign correct admin privileges to the user.

  8. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    Screenshot shows the Certificate download link.

    1. On the Set up Mist Cloud Admin SSO section, copy the appropriate Login URL and Azure AD Identifier.

    Screenshot shows to copy configuration appropriate URL.

Create Role for the SSO Application

In this section, you'll create a Superuser Role to later assign it to test user B.Simon.

  1. In the Azure portal, select App Registrations, and then select All Applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Mist Cloud Admin SSO.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select App Roles.
  4. Select Create App Role, then type Mist Superuser in the Display Name field.
  5. Type Superuser in the Value field, then type Mist Superuser Role in the Description field, then select Apply.

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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Mist Cloud Admin SSO.
  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.
    1. Click Select a Role, then select Mist Superuser and click Select.
  6. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Complete configuration of the Mist Cloud

  1. In the Create Identity Provider section, perform the following steps:

    Screenshot that shows the Organization Algorithm.

    1. In the Issuer textbox, paste the Azure AD Identifier value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    2. Open the downloaded Certificate (Base64) from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the Certificate textbox.

    3. In the SSO URL textbox, paste the Login URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    4. Click Save.

  1. In the Mist dashboard navigate to Organization > Settings. Under Single Sign-On section, select Create Role.

    Screenshot that shows the Create Role section.

  2. Role name must match Role claim value sent by Azure AD, for example type Superuser in the Name field, specify desired admin privileges for the role and select Create.

    Screenshot that shows the Create Role button.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Mist Cloud Admin SSO Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Mist Cloud Admin SSO Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

    Note

    For each user first login must be performed from the IdP prior to using SP initiated flow.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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 Mist Cloud Admin SSO 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.