Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Lifesize Cloud
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Lifesize Cloud with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Lifesize Cloud with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Lifesize Cloud.
- You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Lifesize Cloud (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. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.
To configure Azure AD integration with Lifesize Cloud, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get one-month trial here
- Lifesize Cloud single sign-on enabled subscription
This integration is also available to use from Azure AD US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Azure AD US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.
Lifesize Cloud supports SP initiated SSO
Lifesize Cloud supports Automated user provisioning
Adding Lifesize Cloud from the gallery
To configure the integration of Lifesize Cloud into Azure AD, you need to add Lifesize Cloud from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Lifesize Cloud 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 and then select the All Applications option.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Lifesize Cloud, select Lifesize Cloud 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 Lifesize Cloud based on a test user called Britta Simon. For single sign-on to work, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Lifesize Cloud needs to be established.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Lifesize Cloud, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Lifesize Cloud Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Create Lifesize Cloud test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Lifesize Cloud that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- 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.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Lifesize Cloud, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Lifesize Cloud application integration page, select Single sign-on.
On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.
On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Identifier text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
c. Click set additional URLs.
d. In the Relay State text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-on URL, Identifier and Relay State. Contact Lifesize Cloud Client support team to get Sign-On URL, and Identifier values and you can get Relay State value from SSO Configuration that is explained later in the tutorial. 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, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Lifesize Cloud section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.
a. Login URL
b. Azure Ad Identifier
c. Logout URL
Configure Lifesize Cloud Single Sign-On
To get SSO configured for your application, login into the Lifesize Cloud application with Admin privileges.
In the top right corner click on your name and then click on the Advance Settings.
In the Advance Settings now click on the SSO Configuration link. It will open the SSO Configuration page for your instance.
Now configure the following values in the SSO configuration UI.
a. In Identity Provider Issuer textbox, paste the value of Azure Ad Identifier which you have copied from Azure portal.
b. In Login URL textbox, paste the value of Login URL which you have copied from Azure portal.
c. Open your base-64 encoded certificate in notepad downloaded from Azure portal, copy the content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the X.509 Certificate textbox.
d. In the SAML Attribute mappings for the First Name text box enter the value as
e. In the SAML Attribute mapping for the Last Name text box enter the value as
f. In the SAML Attribute mapping for the Email text box enter the value as
To check the configuration you can click on the Test button.
For successful testing you need to complete the configuration wizard in Azure AD and also provide access to users or groups who can perform the test.
Enable the SSO by checking on the Enable SSO button.
Now click on the Update button so that all the settings are saved. This will generate the RelayState value. Copy the RelayState value, which is generated in the text box, paste it in the Relay State textbox under Lifesize Cloud Domain and URLs section.
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
Select New user at the top of the screen.
In the User properties, perform the following steps.
a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name field type email@example.com
For example, BrittaSimon@contoso.com
c. Select Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Lifesize Cloud.
In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, select All applications, then select Lifesize Cloud.
In the applications list, select Lifesize Cloud.
In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.
Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
If you are expecting any role value in the SAML assertion then in the Select Role dialog select the appropriate role for the user from the list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.
Create Lifesize Cloud test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Lifesize Cloud. Lifesize cloud does support automatic user provisioning. After successful authentication at Azure AD, the user will be automatically provisioned in the application.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Lifesize Cloud tile in the Access Panel, you should get login page of Lifesize Cloud application. Here you need to enter your username, and after that you will redirected to the application homepage.
For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.