Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Mimecast Admin Console
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Mimecast Admin Console with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Mimecast Admin Console with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Mimecast Admin Console.
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Mimecast Admin Console (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.
To configure Azure AD integration with Mimecast Admin Console, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Mimecast Admin Console single sign-on enabled subscription
To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.
To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:
- Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
- If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.
In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:
- Adding Mimecast Admin Console from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Mimecast Admin Console from the gallery
To configure the integration of Mimecast Admin Console into Azure AD, you need to add Mimecast Admin Console from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Mimecast Admin Console 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. Then go to All applications.
To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.
In the search box, type Mimecast Admin Console, select Mimecast Admin Console 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 Mimecast Admin Console based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Mimecast Admin Console is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Mimecast Admin Console needs to be established.
In Mimecast Admin Console, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.
To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Mimecast Admin Console, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Create a Mimecast Admin Console test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Mimecast Admin Console that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- 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 and configure single sign-on in your Mimecast Admin Console application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Mimecast Admin Console, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Mimecast Admin Console application integration page, click Single sign-on.
On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.
On the Mimecast Admin Console Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the URL:
The sign on URL is region specific.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Mimecast Admin Console Configuration section, click Configure Mimecast Admin Console to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
In a different web browser window, log into your Mimecast Admin Console as an administrator.
Go to Services > Application.
Click Authentication Profiles.
Click New Authentication Profile.
In the Authentication Profile section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Description textbox, type a name for your configuration.
b. Select Enforce SAML Authentication for Mimecast Admin Console.
c. As Provider, select Azure Active Directory.
d. Paste SAML Entity ID, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the Issuer URL textbox.
e. Paste SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the Login URL textbox.
f. Paste SAML Single Sign-On Service URL, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the Logout URL textbox.
The Login URL value and the Logout URL value are for the Mimecast Admin Console the same.
g. Open your base-64 certificate downloaded from Azure portal in notepad, remove the first line (“--“) and the last line (“--“), copy the remaining content of it into your clipboard, and then paste it to the Identity Provider Certificate (Metadata) textbox.
h. Select Allow Single Sign On.
i. Click Save.
You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation
Create an Azure AD test user
The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.
To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.
To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.
In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.
c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
d. Click Create.
Create a Mimecast Admin Console test user
In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Mimecast Admin Console, they must be provisioned into Mimecast Admin Console. In the case of Mimecast Admin Console, provisioning is a manual task.
- You need to register a domain before you can create users.
To configure user provisioning, perform the following steps:
- Sign on to your Mimecast Admin Console as administrator.
Go to Directories > Internal.
Click Register New Domain.
After your new domain has been created, click New Address.
In the new address dialog, perform the following steps:
a. Type the Email Address, Global Name, Password, and Confirm Password attributes of a valid Azure AD account you want to provision into the related textboxes.
b. Click Save.
You can use any other Mimecast Admin Console user account creation tools or APIs provided by Mimecast Admin Console to provision Azure AD user accounts.
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Mimecast Admin Console.
To assign Britta Simon to Mimecast Admin Console, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.
In the applications list, select Mimecast Admin Console.
In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.
Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.
On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.
Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.
Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.
Test single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Mimecast Admin Console tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Mimecast Admin Console application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.