Federated Services User Guide
Federated Services provide the ability to sign in and use services from a service provider using the credentials of the identity provider of which you are a member. This document describes how to sign in to an Internet2 federated service, and what to do if your institution is not yet on the list of identity providers.
Service Provider (SP) – A resource that requires federated access, such as spaces.internet2.edu.
Identity Provider (IdP) – An organization, such as a university or Internet2, that provides identity accounts for its members or users.
Single Sign-On (SSO) – A method of signing on to a SP using your IdP credentials.
Where Are You From (WAYF) – A web page where users can select their IdPs from a list. After selection, users are typically redirected to their own organizational SSO pages.
Internet2 SiteID – Account used for accessing Internet2 local services only.
On your first visit to an Internet2 federated service, you are prompted to select your organization’s IdP from a list. You are then redirected to your organization’s SSO page to sign in.
If your organization is not listed, you can sign in using an Internet2 SiteID. If you do not have an Internet2 SiteID already, you can create one by following the steps below.
Creating an Internet2 SiteID
Note: If you create an Internet2 SiteID, you may lose access to the account if your IdP is boarded with the InCommon Federation in the future. You may want to contact your organization’s IdP administrator and discuss this before you proceed.
- Visit an Internet2 federated service, such as www.internet2.edu, and click Sign In. You are redirected to a WAYF page and prompted to select your IdP from a drop-down list. Under Use Internet2 SiteID, click Create SiteID.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- Visit the Internet2 federated service again. You are redirected to the Sign In page. Under Use Internet2 SiteID, click Internet2 SiteID. Use your newly created Internet2 SiteID account credentials to sign in.