Shibboleth and Google

Ken Hammer khammer at
Mon Nov 26 16:58:32 EST 2012


  We are seeing users that are having issues with logging into Google 
via Shibboleth. Generally
this is a cookie problem, but this is not always the case. We also have 
seen issues with requests
being timed out waiting for the IdP to respond (OK, that's probably 
Apache, not the IdP).
  Our setup has 6 IdPs behind a redundant pair of Ace load balancers. 
Four of the IdPs are in one
data center and 2 (soon to be 4) are in another data center. We will 
putting a second pair of load balancers
at the data center with 2 IdPs soon.
  My question(s): Overall, how has the experience of using Shibboleth 
with Google, particularly those
who use Google for their campus web mail system? Great? Problematic? 
Are there any extra configuration steps that you needed to take to 
mitigate any issues?
  What is the average weekly calls to the Help Desk regarding issues 
logging into Google?

Thank you for taking the time to read my email, and any help, comments 
or questions are welcomed.

Ken Hammer
ITS Identity and Access Management
University Of Michigan
Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. - Fredrick Nietzsche

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