Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Mimecast Admin Console

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

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Mimecast Admin Console.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Mimecast Admin Console 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.
  • Mimecast Admin Console single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

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

  • Mimecast Admin Console supports SP and IDP initiated SSO

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.

  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 Mimecast Admin Console in the search box.
  6. Select Mimecast Admin Console 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 Mimecast Admin Console

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mimecast Admin Console 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 Mimecast Admin Console.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Mimecast Admin Console, 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 Mimecast Admin Console SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Mimecast Admin Console test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Mimecast Admin Console 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 Mimecast Admin Console 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 pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, if you wish to configure the application in IDP initiated mode, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier textbox, type the URL using the following pattern:

    Region Value
    Europe https://eu-api.mimecast.com/sso/<accountcode>
    United States https://us-api.mimecast.com/sso/<accountcode>
    South Africa https://za-api.mimecast.com/sso/<accountcode>
    Australia https://au-api.mimecast.com/sso/<accountcode>
    Offshore https://jer-api.mimecast.com/sso/<accountcode>

    Note

    You will find the accountcode value in the Mimecast Admin Console under Account > Settings > Account Code. Append the accountcode to the Identifier.

    b. In the Reply URL textbox, type the URL:

    Region Value
    Europe https://eu-api.mimecast.com/login/saml
    United States https://us-api.mimecast.com/login/saml
    South Africa https://za-api.mimecast.com/login/saml
    Australia https://au-api.mimecast.com/login/saml
    Offshore https://jer-api.mimecast.com/login/saml
  5. If you wish to configure the application in SP initiated mode:

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type the URL:

    Region Value
    Europe https://login-eu.mimecast.com/administration/app/#/administration-dashboard
    United States https://login-us.mimecast.com/administration/app/#/administration-dashboard
    South Africa https://login-za.mimecast.com/administration/app/#/administration-dashboard
    Australia https://login-au.mimecast.com/administration/app/#/administration-dashboard
    Offshore https://login-jer.mimecast.com/administration/app/#/administration-dashboard
  6. Click Save.

  7. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

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 Mimecast Admin Console.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Mimecast Admin Console.
  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 Mimecast Admin Console SSO

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into Mimecast Administration Console.

  2. Navigate to Administration > Services > Applications.

    Screenshot shows Mimecast window with Applications selected.

  3. Click Authentication Profiles tab.

    Screenshot shows the Application tab with Authentication Profiles selected.

  4. Click New Authentication Profile tab.

    Screenshot shows New Authentication Profile selected.

  5. Provide a valid description in the Description textbox and select Enforce SAML Authentication for Administration Console checkbox.

    Screenshot shows where to select Enforce SAML Authentication for Administration Console.

  6. On the SAML Configuration for Administration Console page, perform the following steps:

    Screenshot shows the SAML Configuration for Administration Console page where you can enter the values described.

    a. For Provider, select Azure Active Directory from the Dropdown.

    b. In the Metadata URL textbox, paste the App Federation Metadata URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    c. Click Import. After importing the Metadata URL, the fields will be populated automatically, no need to perform any action on these fields.

    d. Make sure you uncheck Use Password protected Context and Use Integrated Authentication Context checkboxes.

    e. Click Save.

Create Mimecast Admin Console test user

  1. In a different web browser window, sign into Mimecast Administration Console.

  2. Navigate to Administration > Directories > Internal Directories.

    Screenshot shows Mimecast window with Internal Directories selected.

  3. Select on your domain, if the domain is mentioned below, otherwise please create a new domain by clicking on the New Domain.

    Screenshot shows the domain selected.

  4. Click New Address tab.

    Screenshot shows New Address selected.

  5. Provide the required user information on the following page:

    Screenshot shows the page where you can enter the values described.

    a. In the Email Address textbox, enter the email address of the user like B.Simon@yourdomainname.com.

    b. In the Global Name textbox, enter the Full name of the user.

    c. In the Password and Confirm Password textboxes, enter the password of the user.

    d. Select Force Change at Login checkbox.

    e. Click Save.

    f. To assign roles to the user, click on Role Edit and assign the required role to user as per your organization requirement.

    Screenshot shows Address Settings where you can select Role Edit.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Mimecast Admin Console Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Mimecast Admin Console Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Mimecast Admin Console for which you set up the SSO

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Mimecast Admin Console tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Mimecast Admin Console for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Mimecast Admin Console 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.