Shibboleth Success Story: We Love a Deployment!

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By Apryl Motley - Technical Writer & Communications Lead, Internet2 Trust and Identity/NET+ Service

When members of the InCommon community achieve their goals, we achieve ours. We love hearing how our training and other resources help research and education institutions overcome obstacles and turn them into opportunities. Recently, we heard from a past attendee of InCommon Academy’s Shibboleth training. He wrote to tell us about how helpful he found the training when executing a Shibboleth deployment on his campus. 

Shibboleth Deployment

Tim Hansen

“Well it’s official. As of this morning, I was able to switch over from our IDP 3.4.7 instance to our new 4.2.1 instance, and so far no one has screamed. Just wanted to say thanks to Paul Caskey, Paul Riddle, and Kathy Wright, who were our shibboleth instructors during the October training session. 

My story is similar to many others that were in the October training. Our deployment of Shibboleth had been neglected for several years due to staffing issues and other complications. Our previous experts had moved on to bigger better things, so I stepped in, had to learn SAML and Shib with little prior experience, sift through the 10+ years of previous configurations that had been implemented in Shibboleth, and get things back on track. 

The help you all provided is highly appreciated, and I would not have been able to do this without the help of the people at internet2.” 

—Tim Hansen, Senior Systems Engineer, Azusa Pacific University

Register Now for Shibboleth Training – Don’t Miss Early Bird Rates

We want to share your story next! Join us for our upcoming hands-on Shibboleth Installationvirtual workshop (February 13 – 17), which will demonstrate how to deploy the InCommon-ready Shibboleth Service and identity providers in a way that’s easy to install and manage. You will also learn how to modernize through the DevOps approach and dive into the world of containers and how they can make your life easier. To learn more, visit the Shibboleth training website

Early bird rates are in effect, so sign up by Jan. 20 and save on tuition!

InCommon Academy

Consistently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, InCommon Academy workshops aren’t your run-of-the-mill training classes. Our workshops are:

  • Led by our Trusted Access Platform developers and seasoned community implementers
  • Designed to keep participants connected and engaged through a variety of learning and collaboration tools, including Canvas, Zoom, and Slack.
  • Built to offer opportunities for one-on-one support from our expert instructors 
  • Fun! (It’s a key component of our training style.)

  (Watch this short video introduction to Shibboleth)

Interested in learning more? Visit our website. If you have questions about the InCommon Academy or Trusted Access Platform training, please email training@incommon.org.

Praise from Past Attendees

What was the most valuable aspect of the Shibboleth training course?
Understanding the components and how Shibboleth works
The ability to do hands-on labs at your own pace
Working with various IDP/SP configuration files
Learning to use Docker