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Tutorial: Azure AD integration with Dropbox for Business

Published: November 21, 2013

Updated: August 27, 2014

Applies To: Azure

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For more information about this topic, see Best Practices for Managing the Application access enhancements for Azure Active Directory.

The objective of this tutorial is to show the integration of Azure and Dropbox for Business. The scenario outlined in this tutorial assumes that you already have the following items:

  • A valid Azure subscription

  • A test tenant in Dropbox for Business

The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of the following building blocks:

  1. Enabling the application integration for Dropbox for Business

  2. Configuring user provisioning

  3. Configuring single sign-on

The objective of this section is to outline how to enable the application integration for Dropbox for Business.

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

    Active Directory
  2. From the Directory list, select the directory for which you want to enable directory integration.

  3. To open the applications view, in the directory view, click Applications in the top menu.

    Applications
  4. Click Add at the bottom of the page.

    Add application
  5. On the What do you want to do dialog, click Add an application from the gallery.

    Add an application from gallerry
  6. In the search box, type Dropbox for Business.

    DropBox for Business
  7. In the results pane, select Dropbox for Business, and then click Complete to add the application.

    DropBox for Business

The objective of this section is to outline how to enable user provisioning of Active Directory user accounts to Dropbox for Business.

The following screenshot shows an example of the related dialog in Azure AD:

Configure user provisioning

  1. In the Azure Management Portal, on the Dropbox for Business application integration page, click Configure user provisioning to open the Configure User Provisioning dialog.

  2. On the Enable user provisioning to DropBox for Business page, click enable account sync to open the Log In to Grant Access to Box dialog.

    Sign in
  3. Log in to your DropBox for Business tenant to open a dialog that enables you to Grant access to Box.

  4. To finish the configuration, click the Complete button.

  5. On the Confirmation page, click the checkmark to save your configuration.

You can now create a test account, wait for 10 minutes and verify that the account has been synchronized to Dropbox for Business.com.

The objective of this section is to outline how to enable users to authenticate to Dropbox for Business with their account in Azure AD using federation based on the SAML protocol.
As part of this procedure, you are required to upload a certificate to Dropbox for Business.

  1. In the Azure AD portal, on the Dropbox for Business application integration page, click Configure single sign-on to open the Configure Single Sign On dialog.

    Configure single sign-on
  2. On the How would you like users to sign on to ServiceNow page, select Windows Azure AD Single Sign-On, and then click Next.

    Cofigure single sign-on
  3. On the Configure App URL page, in the DropBox for business sign in URL textbox, type your URL using the following pattern "https://<tenant-name>.dropbox.com", and then click Next.

  4. To download your certificate, on the Configure single sign-on at Dropbox for Business dialog, click Download certificate, and then save the certificate file locally as c:\Dropbox for Business.cer.

    Configure singl sign-on
  5. Right-click the certificate, and then select Open to open the Open File dialog

  6. Click Open to open the Certificate dialog.

  7. Click the Details tab.

  8. On the Details tab click Copy to File to open the Certificate Export Wizard.

  9. On the Welcome to the Certificate Export Wizard page, click Next.

  10. On the Export File Format dialog page, click Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER), and then click Next.

  11. On the File to Export dialog page, in the File name textbox, type c:\Dropbox for Business64.cer.

  12. Click Next to open the Completing the Certificate Export Wizard dialog page.

  13. Click Finish to export the certificate.

  14. Click OK to close the Welcome to the Certificate Export Wizard.

  15. Log in to your DropBox for Business tenant.

  16. In the navigation pane on the left side, click Authentication to open the Authentication page.

    Authentication
  17. In the Single sign-on section of the Authentication page, perform the following steps:

    Single sign-n
    1. Select Enable single sign-on.

    2. Click Required.

  18. In the Azure AD portal, on the Configure single sign-on at DropBox for Business page, copy the Sign-in page URL.

  19. In your DropBox for Business tenant, on the Authentication page, paste the value into the Sign in URL textbox.

  20. Click Change certificate, and then browse to your Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER) certificate.

  21. Click Save changes to complete the configuration on your DropBox for Business tenant.

  22. On the Azure AD portal, select the single sign-on configuration confirmation, and then click Complete to close the Configure Single Sign On dialog.

    Configure single sign-on

You can now go to the Access Panel and test single sign-on to Dropbox for Business.

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