Support in setting up a Shibboleth SP

Tony Wheatman Tony.Wheatman at
Thu Aug 13 09:45:02 EDT 2015


Sorry for just dropping this e-mail upon you but I hope you can help with a Shibboleth SP implementation we are undertaking at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).

I am the project manager and we are undertaking a project around a Confluence Workspace site that hosts something called the Virtual Postgraduate Platform.

The VPP is used by a consortia of 6 universities and currently the user experience is poor due to an authentication method which means associate accounts being set up for each user so that they have access to the site hosted at UoN from the other institutions. Resulting in several accounts for each user, which is far from ideal.

We have been in negotiation around making this a shibbolized (I hope that is the correct terminology !) solution, allowing single sign on based on the sharing of attributes from each University and the setup of the UoN as a Service Provider.

We have now opted for this as a solution, but we are struggling with resource at the moment and the deadline of the 21st September, could be at risk. I am therefore reaching out to you for support and to understand what support is out there, what the availability is like and what if any, the cost would be.

I have spoken to Alex at the UKFederation, who has suggested that this may be a good forum to seek assistance.

What I'm looking for is;
-              General guidance on how to do this
-              A list of tasks that need to be completed
-              Associated timescales
-              Potential 3rd party resources to draft in the expertise

If you can help on any aspect of this I would appreciate it greatly I'm looking at every way possible at the moment to ensure successful delivery as we believe that we do not have the necessary skills in house.

Many thanks,

Tony Wheatman
Senior Project Manager
Information Services
The University of Nottingham
Kings Meadow Campus
t: +44 (0) 115 84 68613

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