Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Dropbox for Business
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Dropbox for Business with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Dropbox for Business with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Dropbox for Business.
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Dropbox for Business (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 Dropbox for Business, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Dropbox for Business 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.
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 Dropbox for Business from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Dropbox for Business from the gallery
To configure the integration of Dropbox for Business into Azure AD, you need to add Dropbox for Business from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Dropbox for Business 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 Dropbox for Business, select Dropbox for Business from result panel then click Add button to add the application.
Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Dropbox for Business based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Dropbox for Business is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Dropbox for Business needs to be established.
In Dropbox for Business, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Dropbox for Business, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Create a Dropbox for Business test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Dropbox for Business that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure 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 Dropbox for Business application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Dropbox for Business, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Dropbox for Business 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 Dropbox for Business 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 a value:
The preceding Sign-on URL value is not real value. You will update the value with the actual Sign-on URL, which is explained later in the tutorial. Contact Dropbox for Business Client support team to get the value.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate (Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Dropbox for Business Configuration section, click Configure Dropbox for Business to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
To configure single sign-on on Dropbox for Business side, Go on your Dropbox for Business tenant.
a. Sign on to your Dropbox for business tenant.
b. In the navigation pane on the left side, click Admin Console.
c. On the Admin Console, click Authentication in the left navigation pane.
d. In the Single sign-on section, select Enable single sign-on, and then click More to expand this section.
e. Copy the URL next to Users can sign in by entering their email address or they can go directly to and paste it into the Sign-on URL textbox of Dropbox for Business Domain and URLs section on Azure portal.
In the Single sign-on section of the Authentication page, perform the following steps:
a. Click Required.
b. In the Sign-in URL textbox, paste the value of SAML Single Sign-On Service URL which you have copied from the Azure portal.
c. Click Choose certificate, and then browse to your Base64 encoded certificate file.
d. Click Save changes to complete the configuration on your DropBox for Business tenant.
You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation
Create 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, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.
To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.
In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.
c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Create a Dropbox for Business test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Dropbox for Business. Dropbox for Business supports just-in-time provisioning, which is enabled by default.
There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Dropbox for Business, a new one is created when you attempt to access Dropbox for Business.
If you need to create a user manually, Contact Dropbox for Business Client support team
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Dropbox for Business.
To assign Britta Simon to Dropbox for Business, 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 Dropbox for Business.
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.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Dropbox for Business tile in the Access Panel, you should get login page of your Dropbox for Business application.