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AnyConnect Azure AD SAML Configuration

AnyConnect Azure Active Directory SAML Configuration

This document highlights how to setup authentication with Azure AD using SAML for AnyConnect VPN on the MX Appliance. SAML is an XML-based framework for exchanging authentication and authorization data between security domains. It creates a circle of trust between the user, a Service Provider (SP), and an Identity Provider (IdP) which allows the user to sign in a single time for multiple services. This feature can only be enabled by Meraki Support. Please contact Meraki Support to have this feature enabled.

SAML authentication requires MX firmware version 16.13+ or 17.5+

For additional information, refer to the AnyConnect configuration guide.



Add Cisco AnyConnect from the Microsoft App Gallery

Step 1.  Log in to Azure Portal and select Azure Active Directory
Step 2. As shown in this image, select Enterprise Applications
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Step 3. Now select New Application, as shown in this image.
Step 4. In the Add from the gallery section, type AnyConnect in the search box, select Cisco AnyConnect from the results panel, and then add the app. 


Step 5. Select the Single Sign-on menu item, as shown in this image. 
Step 6. Select SAML, as shown in the image.


Step 7. Edit Section 1 with these details.

If my AnyConnect Server URL is "", the Entity ID and Reply URL will be configured as follows:

a. Identifier (Entity ID)  - 
b. Reply URL (Assertion Consumer Service URL) -


Step 8. In the SAML Signing Certificate section, Download the Federation Metadata XML file and save it on your computer. 
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Step 9. Configure your AnyConnect Server on the Meraki Dashboard

Assign Azure AD User to the App

In this section, Test1 is enabled to use Azure single sign-on, as you grant access to the Cisco AnyConnect app. 

Step 1.  In the app's overview page, select Users and groups and then Add user
Step 2.  Select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog. 
Step 3.  In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.