Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Box
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Box with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Box with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Box.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Box with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
To learn more about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see What is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.
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.
- Box single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Box supports SP initiated SSO
- Box supports Automated user provisioning and deprovisioning (recommended)
- Box supports Just In Time user provisioning
- Once you configure Box you can enforce Session Control, which protect exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real-time. Session Control extend from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security
Adding Box from the gallery
To configure the integration of Box into Azure AD, you need to add Box 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 Box in the search box.
- Select Box from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on for Box
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Box 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 Box.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Box, complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Box SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Box test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Box 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 Box 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 edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL:
c. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL:
The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Box 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, find Federation Metadata XML and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.
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 Box.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
In the applications list, select Box.
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'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.
In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Box SSO
To configure SSO for your application, follow the procedure in Set up SSO on your own.
If you are unable to configure the SSO settings for your Box account, you need to send the downloaded Federation Metadata XML to Box support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Box test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Box. Box 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 Box, a new one is created after authentication.
If you need to create a user manually, contact Box support team.
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Box tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Box for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.