Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with AirWatch
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate AirWatch with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating AirWatch with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to AirWatch
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to AirWatch (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts
- You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal
If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.
To configure Azure AD integration with AirWatch, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- An AirWatch single-sign on enabled subscription
To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.
To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:
- Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
- If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial here.
In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:
- Adding AirWatch from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding AirWatch from the gallery
To configure the integration of AirWatch into Azure AD, you need to add AirWatch from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add AirWatch from the gallery, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.
Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type AirWatch.
In the results panel, select AirWatch, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with AirWatch based on a test user called "Britta Simon."
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in AirWatch is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in AirWatch needs to be established.
This link relationship is established by assigning the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username in AirWatch.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with AirWatch, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating a AirWatch test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in AirWatch that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configuring Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your AirWatch application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with AirWatch, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the AirWatch application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the AirWatch Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier textbox, type the value as
This value is not the real. Update this value with the actual Sign-on URL. Contact AirWatch Client support team to get this value.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the XML file on your computer.
On the AirWatch Configuration section, click Configure AirWatch to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
Click Save button.
In a different web browser window, log in to your AirWatch company site as an administrator.
In the left navigation pane, click Accounts, and then click Administrators.
Expand the Settings menu, and then click Directory Services.
Click the User tab, in the Base DN textbox, type your domain name, and then click Save.
Click the Server tab.
Perform the following steps:
a. As Directory Type, select None.
b. Select Use SAML For Authentication.
c. To upload the downloaded certificate, click Upload.
In the Request section, perform the following steps:
a. As Request Binding Type, select POST.
b. In the Azure portal, on the Configure single sign-on at Airwatch dialog page, copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL value, and then paste it into the Identity Provider Single Sign On URL textbox.
c. As NameID Format, select Email Address.
d. Click Save.
Click the User tab again.
In the Attribute section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Object Identifier textbox, type http://schemas.microsoft.com/identity/claims/objectidentifier.
b. In the Username textbox, type http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/emailaddress.
c. In the Display Name textbox, type http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/givenname.
d. In the First Name textbox, type http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/givenname.
e. In the Last Name textbox, type http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/surname.
f. In the Email textbox, type http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/emailaddress.
g. Click Save.
Creating an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.
To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of Britta Simon.
c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.
d. Click Create.
Creating a AirWatch test user
To enable Azure AD users to log in to AirWatch, they must be provisioned in to AirWatch.
- When AirWatch, provisioning is a manual task.
To provision a user account, perform the following steps:
- Log in to your AirWatch company site as administrator.
In the navigation pane on the left side, click Accounts, and then click Users.
In the Users menu, click List View, and then click Add > Add User.
On the Add / Edit User dialog, perform the following steps:
- Type the Username, Password, Confirm Password, First Name, Last Name, Email Address of a valid Azure Active Directory account you want to provision into the related textboxes.
- Click Save.
You can use any other AirWatch user account creation tools or APIs provided by AirWatch to provision AAD user accounts.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to AirWatch.
To assign Britta Simon to AirWatch, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select AirWatch.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.
Testing single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
If you want to test your single sign-on settings, open the Access Panel. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.