Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Citrix ShareFile

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Citrix ShareFile with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Integrating Citrix ShareFile with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Citrix ShareFile.
  • You can enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Citrix ShareFile (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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Citrix ShareFile, 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
  • Citrix ShareFile single sign-on enabled subscription

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Citrix ShareFile supports SP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of Citrix ShareFile into Azure AD, you need to add Citrix ShareFile from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Citrix ShareFile from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select the All Applications option.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Citrix ShareFile, select Citrix ShareFile from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Citrix ShareFile in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Citrix ShareFile 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 Citrix ShareFile needs to be established.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Citrix ShareFile, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Configure Citrix ShareFile Single Sign-On - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
  3. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Create Citrix ShareFile test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Citrix ShareFile that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  6. 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 Citrix ShareFile, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Citrix ShareFile application integration page, select Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Select a Single sign-on method dialog, select SAML/WS-Fed mode to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on select mode

  3. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit icon to open Basic SAML Configuration dialog.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    Citrix ShareFile Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.com/saml/login

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:

    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.com
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.com/saml/info
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile1.com/saml/info
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile1.eu/saml/info
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.eu/saml/info

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

    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.com/saml/acs
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.eu/saml/<URL path>
    https://<tenant-name>.sharefile.com/saml/<URL path>

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL, Identifier and Reply URL. Contact Citrix ShareFile 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, click Download to download the Certificate (Base64) from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Citrix ShareFile section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

    a. Login URL

    b. Azure Ad Identifier

    c. Logout URL

Configure Citrix ShareFile Single Sign-On

  1. In a different web browser window, log into your Citrix ShareFile company site as an administrator.

  2. In the toolbar on the top, click Admin.

  3. In the left navigation pane, select Configure Single Sign-On.

    Account Administration

  4. On the Single Sign-On/ SAML 2.0 Configuration dialog page under Basic Settings, perform the following steps:

    Single sign-on

    a. Click Enable SAML.

    b. In Your IDP Issuer/ Entity ID textbox, paste the value of Azure Ad Identifier which you have copied from Azure portal.

    c. Click Change next to the X.509 Certificate field and then upload the certificate you downloaded from the Azure portal.

    d. In Login URL textbox, paste the value of Login URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

    e. In Logout URL textbox, paste the value of Logout URL which you have copied from Azure portal.

  5. Click Save on the Citrix ShareFile management portal.

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.

    New user Button

  3. In the User properties, perform the following steps.

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name field enter BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name field type brittasimon@yourcompanydomain.extension
    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 Citrix ShareFile.

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

    Enterprise applications blade

  2. In the applications list, type and select Citrix ShareFile.

    The Citrix ShareFile link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, select Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click the Add user button, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. In the Users and groups dialog select Britta Simon in the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. 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.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog click the Assign button.

Create Citrix ShareFile test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Citrix ShareFile, they must be provisioned into Citrix ShareFile. In the case of Citrix ShareFile, provisioning is a manual task.

To provision a user account, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Citrix ShareFile tenant.

  2. Click Manage Users > Manage Users Home > + Create Employee.

    Create Employee

  3. On the Basic Information section, perform below steps:

    Basic Information

    a. In the Email Address textbox, type the email address of Britta Simon as brittasimon@contoso.com.

    b. In the First Name textbox, type first name of user as Britta.

    c. In the Last Name textbox, type last name of user as Simon.

  4. Click Add User.

    Note

    The Azure AD account holder will receive an email and follow a link to confirm their account before it becomes active.You can use any other Citrix ShareFile user account creation tools or APIs provided by Citrix ShareFile to provision Azure AD user accounts.

Test single sign-on

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

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

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