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Cisco Meraki VPN SAML integration

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. Individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure that only they know or have access to.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a protocol for authenticating to web applications. SAML allows federated apps and organizations to communicate and trust one another’s users.

SecureAuth, as a SAML provider, improves the user login experience for Cisco VPN users with intelligent and convenient MFA.


  • Configured Arculix instance and user account with administrative privileges for Arculix.

  • Configured Arculix LDAP Agent.

    For more information, see the Arculix LDAP Agent deployment guide.

  • User account with administrative access for Cisco Meraki.

  • SAML authentication requires Cisco Meraki with MX firmware version 16.13+ or 17.5+.

  • Users need AnyConnect VPN client version 4.8 or higher on either Windows, macOS, Linux, or mobile devices to terminate remote access connections successfully.

    For more information, refer to the AnyConnect configuration guide.

Cisco Meraki configuration

In this section, you'll configure Cisco Meraki as a service provider (SP).

  1. Download the SAML metadata and certificate for your organization from Arculix.

    Metadata download:<myorganization>/saml/download/metadata

    View metadata:<myorganization>/saml/metadata

    Certificate download:<myorganization>/saml/download/cert

  2. Log in to Cisco Meraki as an administrator.

  3. Navigate to Security & SD-WAN > CONFIGURE and click Client VPN.

  4. On the AnyConnect Settings page, for AnyConnect Client VPN, select the Enabled option.

  5. Scroll down and change the Authentication Type to SAML.

  6. Enter the AnyConnect Server URL.

    For example:

    Add :port to the end of the URL if using a port other than the default port 443.

    Make sure the AnyConnect URL starts with https://.

  7. Click Choose File to upload the Arculix metadata that was downloaded earlier.

  8. Save your configuration.

Arculix SAML Configuration as Identity Provider (IdP)

In this section, you'll add an application for Cisco Meraki VPN and set the SAML configuration settings. This will define the Identity Provider (IdP) side of the configuration.

  1. Log in to Arculix with an administrative account and go to Applications.

  2. Click Create New Application.

    Create new application
  3. In the New Application form, on the General tab, set the following configurations:


    Set the name of the application. This is the name to display for push notifications, in the Admin panel, Application portal, and audit logs.

    For example, Cisco Meraki VPN.


    Set to SAML Service Provider.

    Out of Band Methods 

    Select the allowed methods end users can choose to approve MFA requests.

    For example, Arculix Mobile app (push notifications), SMS, or Security Key.

    Message for MFA Requests 

    Optional. Type a message displayed to end users when sending an MFA request via push notification, SMS, or email.

  4. Select the SAML Service Provider Configuration tab, and set the following configurations:

    Issuer or Entity ID 

    Enter the AnyConnect Server URL.

    For example,

    Log in URL 

    Enter the AnyConnect server URL.  

    For example,

    NameID Format 

    Set to Email Address.

    Name Identifier 

    Set to Email.

  5. Save your changes.

Test your application integration

  1. Enter your Cisco VPN URL (for example, on the Cisco AnyConnect client and click Connect.

  2. You will be redirected to the Arculix SSO page.

    Application login page with email
  3. After successful authentication, select your preferred MFA method to approve access to the VPN.

    Select MFA method
  4. Your VPN connection is established successfully and you can close your browser.



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