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Connect G Suite and Google Cloud Identity to Dropbox Business

Dropbox is a SaaS based product which we can now integrate with G Suite and Cloud Identity by setting up the SSO. The integration helps the super admins to manage the user provisioning in an efficient way.

Connect G Suite and Google Cloud Identity to Dropbox Business

Google Cloud Identity helps the organizations in transition to a digital workspace with Google-grade security and simplicity. One of the many benefits of using Cloud Identity, our identity and access management service, is the ability to add and remove users to a wide variety of software as a service (SaaS) applications. Google recently partnered with Dropbox to allow the provision and deprovision of Dropbox users directly from the Cloud Identity or G Suite admin console.

Dropbox is one of the SaaS apps that Cloud Identity supports. This is also available for G Suite customers at no extra charge. When you add, rename or delete a user in the G Suite admin console, these changes are automatically reflected in Dropbox, which makes it easier to manage access as employees join, move, or leave the organization. This feature release strengthens the existing partnership between Google Cloud and Dropbox, which we already support for single sign-on (SSO).

The Dropbox integration with Google Cloud Identity and G Suite helps organization to manage Dropbox Business team centrally through Google Cloud Identity. When you use Dropbox with Google Cloud Identity and G Suite, you need to configure single sign-on (SSO) for your Dropbox Business team.

  1. Manage the provisioning and deprovisioning Dropbox Business users through the G Suite Admin console

To set up SSO and users provisioning, you need to be a Dropbox Business Admin and G Suite super administrator.

Set up single sign-on (SSO) for your team

  1. Sign in to the Google admin console with your Google admin account.

  2. Click Apps.

  3. Click SAML apps. 

  4. Click add a service to your domain.

  5. Search for “Dropbox Business” in the Filter Apps search box. It should appear in the list below.

  6. Click Dropbox Business.

  7. Next to Certificate, click Download. (You’ll need this later.)

  8. Select the URL next to SSO URL, and copy it to your clipboard. (You’ll also need this.) Keep this page open in your browser.

  9. Switch to the Dropbox admin console. You can just open it in a new tab in your browser.

  10. Sign in to your Dropbox Business admin account.

  11. Click Settings.

  12. Click Single sign-on.

  13. Check the dropdown  next to Single sign-on to change it from Off to Optional or Required.

  14. Next to Identity provider sign-in URL, click Add sign-in URL and paste the URL you copied in step 8.

  15. Click Done.

  16. Click Upload certificate. 

  17. Click Copy link.

  18. Return to the Google admin console.

  19. Click Next.

  20. Click Finish.

Set up user provisioning

  1. Set up user provisioning for the Dropbox application

  2. Display user provisioning

  3. Edit provisioning scope

  4. Define deprovisioning time frames

  5. Remove user provisioning

You may refer to the G Suite Admin Help article to learn how to Monitor user provisioning.

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