Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Zscaler
In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Zscaler with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Integrating Zscaler with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:
- You can control in Azure AD who has access to Zscaler
- You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Zscaler (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 Zscaler, you need the following items:
- An Azure AD subscription
- A Zscaler 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 here.
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 Zscaler from the gallery
- Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
Adding Zscaler from the gallery
To configure the integration of Zscaler into Azure AD, you need to add Zscaler from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
To add Zscaler 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 Zscaler.
In the results panel, select Zscaler, and then click Add button to add the application.
Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on
In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Zscaler based on a test user called "Britta Simon".
For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Zscaler is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Zscaler needs to be established.
In Zscaler, 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 Zscaler, you need to complete the following building blocks:
- Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configuring proxy settings - to configure the proxy settings in Internet Explorer
- Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
- Creating a Zscaler test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Zscaler that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configuring 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 Zscaler application.
To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Zscaler, perform the following steps:
In the Azure portal, on the Zscaler 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 Zscaler Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:
In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern:
This value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Zscaler Client support team to get this value.
On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate(Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.
Click Save button.
On the Zscaler Configuration section, click Configure Zscaler to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.
In a different web browser window, log in to your ZScaler company site as an administrator.
In the menu on the top, click Administration.
Under Manage Administrators & Roles, click Manage Users & Authentication.
In the Choose Authentication Options for your Organization section, perform the following steps:
a. Select Authenticate using SAML Single Sign-On.
b. Click Configure SAML Single Sign-On Parameters.
On the Configure SAML Single Sign-On Parameters dialog page, perform the following steps, and then click Done
a. Paste the SAML Single Sign-On Service URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal into the URL of the SAML Portal to which users are sent for authentication textbox.
b. In the Attribute containing Login Name textbox, type NameID.
c. To upload your downloaded certificate, click Zscaler pem.
d. Select Enable SAML Auto-Provisioning.
On the Configure User Authentication dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. Click Save.
b. Click Activate Now.
Configuring proxy settings
To configure the proxy settings in Internet Explorer
Start Internet Explorer.
Select Internet options from the Tools menu for open the Internet Options dialog.
Click the Connections tab.
Click LAN settings to open the LAN Settings dialog.
In the Proxy server section, perform the following steps:
a. Select Use a proxy server for your LAN.
b. In the Address textbox, type gateway.zscaler.net.
c. In the Port textbox, type 80.
d. Select Bypass proxy server for local addresses.
e. Click OK to close the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog.
Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog.
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
Creating 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, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.
To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.
To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.
On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:
a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.
b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.
c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.
d. Click Create.
Creating a Zscaler test user
To enable Azure AD users to log in to ZScaler, they must be provisioned to ZScaler.
In the case of ZScaler, provisioning is a manual task.
To configure user provisioning, perform the following steps:
Log in to your Zscaler tenant.
Click User Management.
In the Users tab, click Add.
In the Add User section, perform the following steps:
a. Type the UserID, User Display Name, Password, Confirm Password, and then select Groups and the Department of a valid AAD account you want to provision.
b. Click Save.
You can use any other ZScaler user account creation tools or APIs provided by ZScaler to provision AAD user accounts.
Assigning the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Zscaler.
To assign Britta Simon to Zscaler, 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 Zscaler.
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.
Testing single sign-on
In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.
When you click the Zscaler tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Zscaler application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.