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

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Meraki Dashboard.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Meraki Dashboard 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.

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.
  • Meraki Dashboard single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

To configure the integration of Meraki Dashboard into Azure AD, you need to add Meraki Dashboard 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 Meraki Dashboard in the search box.
  6. Select Meraki Dashboard 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 single sign-on for Meraki Dashboard

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Meraki Dashboard 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 Meraki Dashboard.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Meraki Dashboard, 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 Meraki Dashboard SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Meraki Dashboard test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Meraki Dashboard 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 Meraki Dashboard 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, perform the following steps:

    In the Reply URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://n27.meraki.com/saml/login/m9ZEgb/< UNIQUE ID >

    Note

    The Reply URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Reply URL value, which is explained later in the tutorial.

  5. Click the Save button.

  6. Meraki Dashboard application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows the list of default attributes.

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  7. In addition to above, Meraki Dashboard application expects few more attributes to be passed back in SAML response which are shown below. These attributes are also pre populated but you can review them as per your requirements.

    Name Source Attribute
    https://dashboard.meraki.com/saml/attributes/username user.userprincipalname
    https://dashboard.meraki.com/saml/attributes/role user.assignedroles

    Note

    To understand how to configure roles in Azure AD, see here.

  8. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.

    Edit SAML Signing Certificate

  9. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint Value and save it on your computer.

    Copy Thumbprint value

  10. On the Set up Meraki Dashboard section, copy the Logout URL value and save it on your computer.

    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 Meraki Dashboard.

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

  2. In the applications list, select Meraki Dashboard.

  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 Meraki Dashboard SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into meraki dashboard as an administrator.

  2. Navigate to Organization -> Settings.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

  3. Under Authentication, change SAML SSO to SAML SSO enabled.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

  4. Click Add a SAML IdP.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

  5. Paste the Thumbprint Value, which you have copied from the Azure portal into X.590 cert SHA1 fingerprint textbox. Then click Save. After saving, the Consumer URL will show up. Copy Consumer URL value and paste this into Reply URL textbox in the Basic SAML Configuration Section in the Azure portal.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

Create Meraki Dashboard test user

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into meraki dashboard as an administrator.

  2. Navigate to Organization -> Administrators.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

  3. In the SAML administrator roles section, click the Add SAML role button.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

  4. Enter the Role meraki_full_admin, mark Organization access as Full and click Create role. Repeat the process for meraki_readonly_admin, this time mark Organization access as Read-only box.

    Meraki Dashboard Configuration

Test SSO

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

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

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