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Cisco vManage SSO login using Azure AD

Cisco vManage SSO login using Azure AD

Performing network administration operations requires access to multiple websites or applications. Multiple credentials are required to access each of these websites or applications. Their credentials might have been forgotten or stolen. 

vManage SSO Login
Fig 1.1-Cisco vManage SSO login using Azure AD

One set of credentials can be used to access multiple applications or websites using the single sign-on technology (SSO).

  • Identity provider (IdP): This system keeps user data, as well as maintains and supports authentication mechanisms such as Okta, ADFS, PingID, and Azure AD.
  • Service provider: This system hosts the desired website or application, such as Cisco vManage.
  • Users: Individuals who have an account with the IdP and the service provider.
vManage steps

Step 1: Login to the vManage portal, Navigate to Administrator --> Settings and search for Identity Provider Settings as shown below

Fig 1.2- vManage Portal

Step 2: Enable and check the below image to download the SAML meta data

Fig 1.3- vManage Portal

Step 3: The file will be in TXT format. Now it is required to the upload this TXT file to the Azure.

Azure steps

Step 1: Log in to the Azure AD portal.
Step 2: Create an enterprise application in Azure services.

Fig 1.4- Azure Portal

When you are creating the new application here, make sure select the option " Create your own application"

Step 3An enterprise application integrates Azure AD with Cisco vManage. To create a new application, you must use the Non-gallery application.

Fig 1.5- Azure Portal

Step 4: Assign user and roles as we are doing for the other applications

Step 5: "Setup the single sign on option" Upload the SAML metadata file that you downloaded from Cisco vManage.

Step 6From the single Sign-on Menu, we need to select SAML option

Step 7Download the federation metadata XML (Azure AD metadata) file
Fig 1.6- Azure Portal

Now we need to go to the vManage again to upload the federation metadata

Step 1: From the Cisco vManage menu, choose Administration > Settings

Fig 1.7- vManage Portal

Step 2: Choose Identity Provider Settings > Upload Identity Provider Metadata to import the saved Azure AD metadata file into Cisco vManage. ( Select a file on the right hand side and upload that from your desktop)

Fig 1.8- vManage Portal

Step 3: Click Save.

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