Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Panopto
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Panopto with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Panopto with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Panopto.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Panopto 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.
- Panopto single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
Panopto supports SP initiated SSO.
Panopto supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Panopto from the gallery
To configure the integration of Panopto into Azure AD, you need to add Panopto 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 Panopto in the search box.
- Select Panopto 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 Panopto
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Panopto 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 Panopto.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Panopto, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Panopto SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Panopto test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Panopto 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 Panopto 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, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Panopto Client support team to get the value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Panopto section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Panopto.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Panopto.
- 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.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- 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 Panopto SSO
In a different web browser window, log in to your Panopto company site as an administrator.
In the toolbar on the left, click System, and then click Identity Providers.
Click Add Provider.
In the SAML provider section, perform the following steps:
a. From the Provider Type list, select SAML20.
b. In the Instance Name textbox, type a name for the instance.
c. In the Friendly Description textbox, type a friendly description.
d. In Bounce Page Url textbox, paste the value of Login URL, which you have copied from Azure portal.
e. In the Issuer textbox, paste the value of Azure AD Identifier, which you have copied from Azure portal.
f. Open your base-64 encoded certificate, which you have downloaded from Azure portal, copy the content of it in to your clipboard, and then paste it to the Public Key textbox.
Create Panopto test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Panopto. Panopto supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Panopto, a new one is created after authentication.
You can use any other Panopto user account creation tools or APIs provided by Panopto to provision Azure AD user accounts.
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 Panopto Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Panopto Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Panopto tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Panopto Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Panopto 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.