Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Verkada Command
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Verkada Command with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Verkada Command with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Verkada Command.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Verkada Command 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.
- Verkada Command single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Verkada Command supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Verkada Command from the gallery
To configure the integration of Verkada Command into Azure AD, you need to add Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command in the search box.
- Select Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Verkada Command, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Verkada Command SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Verkada Command test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command 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, if you have Service Provider metadata file and wish to configure in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:
a. Click Upload metadata file.
b. Click on folder logo to select the metadata file and click Upload.
c. After the metadata file is successfully uploaded, the Identifier and Reply URL values get auto populated in Basic SAML Configuration section.
If the Identifier and Reply URL values do not get auto populated, then fill in the values manually according to your requirement.
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 a URL using the following pattern:
The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact Verkada Command Client support team to get this value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
Verkada Command 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, where as nameidentifier is mapped with user.userprincipalname. Verkada Command application expects nameidentifier to be mapped with user.mail, so you need to edit the attribute mapping by clicking on Edit icon and change the attribute mapping.
In addition to above, Verkada Command 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 uniqueUserId user.mail lastName user.surname user.mail firstName user.givenname
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.
On the Set up Verkada Command section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on 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 email@example.com. 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 Verkada Command.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Verkada Command.
- 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 Verkada Command SSO
To configure single sign-on on Verkada Command side, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Verkada Command support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Verkada Command test user
In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in Verkada Command. Work with Verkada Command support team to add the users in the Verkada Command platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 Verkada Command Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Verkada Command Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command 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 Verkada Command for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Verkada Command 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.