Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Envoy
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Envoy with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Envoy with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Envoy.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Envoy 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.
- Envoy single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
Envoy supports SP initiated SSO.
Envoy supports Just In Time user provisioning.
Envoy supports Automated user provisioning.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Envoy from the gallery
To configure the integration of Envoy into Azure AD, you need to add Envoy 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 Envoy in the search box.
- Select Envoy 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 Envoy
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Envoy 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 Envoy.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Envoy, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Envoy SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Envoy test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Envoy 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 Envoy 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, perform the following step:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Envoy 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.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint Value and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Envoy 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 Envoy.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Envoy.
- 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 Envoy SSO
To automate the configuration within Envoy, you need to install My Apps Secure Sign-in browser extension by clicking Install the extension.
After adding extension to the browser, click on Setup Envoy will direct you to the Envoy application. From there, provide the admin credentials to sign into Envoy. The browser extension will automatically configure the application for you and automate steps 3-5.
If you want to setup Envoy manually, open a new web browser window and sign into your Envoy company site as an administrator and perform the following steps.
Go to Integrations > All integrations and click to Install SAML under Single sign-on.
Navigate to Enabled integrations section, and perform the following steps:
The value for the HQ location ID is auto generated by the application.
a. In Fingerprint textbox, paste the Thumbprint value of certificate, which you have copied from Azure portal.
b. Paste Login URL value, which you have copied form the Azure portal into the IDENTITY PROVIDER HTTP SAML URL textbox.
c. Click Save.
Create Envoy test user
In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Envoy. Envoy 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 Envoy, a new one is created after authentication.
Envoy also supports automatic user provisioning, you can find more details here on how to configure automatic user provisioning.
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 Envoy Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Envoy Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Envoy tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Envoy Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Envoy 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.