Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Equinix Federation App

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Equinix Federation App.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Equinix Federation App with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

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.
  • Equinix Federation App single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Equinix Federation App supports SP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Equinix Federation App into Azure AD, you need to add Equinix Federation App 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 Equinix Federation App in the search box.
  6. Select Equinix Federation App 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 Equinix Federation App

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Equinix Federation App 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 Equinix Federation App.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Equinix Federation App, perform the following steps:

  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 Equinix Federation App SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Equinix Federation App test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Equinix Federation App 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 Equinix Federation App 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, enter the values for the following fields:

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.equinix.com/sp/ACS.saml2

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: Equinix:<CUSTOM_IDENTIFIER>

    c. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<SUBDOMAIN>.equinix.com/sp/ACS.saml2

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL, Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Equinix Federation App Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. 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.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Equinix Federation App section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

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 Equinix Federation App.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Equinix Federation App.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  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 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.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Equinix Federation App SSO

To configure Single Sign-On on Equinix Federation App side, please the follow the link.

Create Equinix Federation App test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Equinix Federation App. Work with Equinix Federation App support team to add the users in the Equinix Federation App platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.

Test SSO

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 Equinix Federation App Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Equinix Federation App Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Equinix Federation App tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Equinix Federation App Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Equinix Federation App 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.