Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Egress

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Egress with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Egress with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Egress.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Egress 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.
  • Egress single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Egress supports SP and IDP initiated SSO
  • Egress supports Just In Time user provisioning
  • Once you configure Egress 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 Cloud App Security.

To configure the integration of Egress into Azure AD, you need to add Egress from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Egress in the search box.
  6. Select Egress 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 SSO for Egress

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Egress 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 Egress.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Egress, complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Egress SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Egress test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Egress that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Egress application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the edit/pen icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the user does not have to perform any step as the app is already pre-integrated with Azure.

  5. 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: https://switch.egress.com/ui/

  6. Click Save.

  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Egress.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select Egress.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add User link

  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. 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.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Egress SSO

  1. In a different browser window, sign on to your Egress company site as administrator.

  2. Perform the following steps in the following page.

    Egress Configuration

    a. In the left side menu, click on SSO Configuration.

    b. Select Use single sign on radio button to use Single Sign On.

    c. Give a valid description in the Provider description textbox.

    d. In the Metadata URL textbox, paste the App Federation Metadata Url value which you have copied.

    e. Click on Load metadata.

    f. Click on Save button to update the SSO Configuration.

Create Egress test user

  1. Sign in to your Egress company site.

  2. Click on Invite Users in the left side menu and click on Invite Single User to add the user.

    Screenshot that shows the "Invite Users" page with the "Invite Single User" button selected.

  3. Fill the required fields and click on Invite.

    Egress create test user

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Egress tile in the Access Panel, you should be automatically signed in to the Egress for which you set up SSO. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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