Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure Management 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.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) single-sign on enabled subscription

Note

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:

  • You should not use your production environment, unless this is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get an one-month trial here.

Scenario description

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:

  1. Adding Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) into Azure AD, you need to add Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) from the gallery, perform the following steps:

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

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

  3. Click Add button on the top of the dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) 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 Private Access (ZPA) is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) needs to be established.

This link relationship is established by assigning the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username in Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) that is linked to the Azure AD representation of her.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. 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 Management portal and configure single sign-on in your Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management portal, on the Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, as Mode select SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    a. In the Sign On URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://samlsp.private.zscaler.com/auth/login?domain=<your-domain-name>

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type: https://samlsp.private.zscaler.com/auth/metadata

    Note

    Please note that these are not the real values. You have to update these values with the actual Sign On URL and Identifier. Here we suggest you to use the unique value of URL in the Identifier. Contact Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) support team to get these values.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Create new certificate.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. On the Create New Certificate dialog, click the calendar icon and select an expiry date. Then click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, select Make new certificate active and click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. On the pop-up Rollover certificate window, click OK.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  8. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  9. In a different web browser window, log into your Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) company site as an administrator.

  10. Navigate to Administrator and then click Idp Configuration.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App Side

  11. In the Idp Configuration section, click Add New IDP Configuration.

    Configure Single Sign-On On App Side

  12. In the New IDP Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On On App Side

    a. Click Select File and upload your downloaded metadata file.

    b. Click Save button.

Creating an Azure AD test user

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

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

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

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. Go to Users and groups and click All users to display the list of users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. At the top of the dialog click Add to open the User dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    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 Private Access (ZPA) test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Zscaler Private Access (ZPA). Please work with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) support team to add the users in the Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) platform.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting her access to Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Zscaler Private Access (ZPA), perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure Management portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

    Configure Single Sign-On

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

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. 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 Private Access (ZPA) tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) application.

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