In this article, you’ll learn how to integrate your Azure Active Directory with an Acreto Ecosystem. This process involves the following steps:
This feature is currently in beta mode.
In order to integrate Acreto with Azure Active Directory, you will need:
An Azure Active Directory integration allows your Acreto Ecosystem to utilize the user credentials stored in your Active Directory to connect to the Ecosystem using Acreto TLS Client.
It uses the LDAPS (LDAP Secure) protocol and the Domain Services which can be deployed on the Azure account to sync with AD passwords.
The LDAPS protocol is used to establish communication between the Acreto Ecosystem and the Azure Active Directory.
Administrators integrate with a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory to streamline the user login process and to automate administrative tasks, such as creating users and assigning roles. An LDAP integration allows the system to use it’s existing LDAP server as the master source of user data.
Typically, AD integration is also part of a single sign-on implementation.
To configure your Azure Active Directory to work with Acreto, please:
Log in to New or Existing Ecosystem
Create Security Policy
Create a Security Policy that allows users to connect through your Identity Provider to reach all destinations.
To allow users, employees or team members (data-plane users) to authenticate in OpenVPN using Azure AD credentials, Acreto offers unique and individual URLs for every Ecosystem portal called Onboarding Portal.
To access the unique URL to that portal, please click on Edit next to previously added IdP and scroll down.
Then, click on the icon to copy the URL
Active Directory included into Office 365 subscription sufficient for the integration?
No, Office 365 subscription covers only the free Azure Active Directory.
You need Azure Active Directory Domain Services which is an additional subscription from Microsoft.
Why is it required to enable password synchronization in Azure Active Directory Domain Services?
Enable password synchronization in Azure Active Directory Domain Services - As documented on Microsoft article Tutorial: Configure secure LDAP for an Azure Active Directory Domain Services managed domain:
Users (and service accounts) can’t perform LDAP simple binds if you have disabled NTLM password hash synchronization on your managed domain.
Acreto uses LDAP simple binds, therefore NTLM password hash synchronization feature needs to be enabled.
If you followed the first tutorial and don’t use on-premises AD the synchronization (between your Azure AD and Azure AD Domain Services) will be enabled by default. However it is needed to reset the password of all current users. It can be done by expiring all the current passwords or resetting them manually from the Azure AD Users View.
Thanks to Acreto and Azure Active Directory Identity Provider Integration, users can connect to an Acreto Ecosystem with the same credentials utilized for other internal resources on their network domain.
Also, Acreto Ecosystem Admin(s) can re-use any existing password and security policies that are already in place. For example, the Active Directory may already have account lockout and password expiration policies.