Introduction

The Federation Registry (FR) service links the federation components together into a cohesive platform. This platform permits AAF subscriber members’ access to services after successfully authenticating at their home institution. The FR includes a management Dashboard for the subscriber components and manages the generation and aggregation of federation metadata. The FR Dashboard provides reporting tools for attribute release and availability for connected services.


Using the FR Dashboard, subscribers supply and maintain the SAML specific configuration details for their services. The generation of SAML compliant federation metadata for a service utilises these details. The FR aggregates the individual services metadata and makes it available to all subscribers through the federation metadata file. All services use the federation metadata to enable end-users, via their browsers, to locate the authentication and the services access end-points. Service owners should validate the generated metadata for their service. Valid metadata is the key to a cohesive federation platform.


The FR Dashboard provides the following functionality:

  1. Maintains contact and administrator lists for each subscriber component.
  2. Utilisation reporting of Identity Providers and Service Providers.
  3. Subscriber compliance reporting.
  4. Subscriber registration workflow management.
  5. SAML 2.x compliant metadata generation.
  6. Attribute filter generation.
  7. Federation status monitoring management.


The AAF offers two federations: Production and Test. These are accessible by visiting https://manager.aaf.edu.au OR https://manager.test.aaf.edu.auThese Dashboards will also list the administrators for organisations and services.


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Federation Registry Dashboard

To access the FR Dashboard, visit https://manager.aaf.edu.au and click the Welcome - Please Login button. Access is available via the individual's institution-issued credentials once an Identity Provider is online, or via the Virtual Home identity provider instance. If these credentials do not provide access or administrative control of an Organisation or service on the FR Dashboard, contact the AAF Support Team support@aaf.edu.au to resolve the access issue. 


The Registration of a new Organisation, Identity Provider or Service Provider starts from the FR landing page.


FR Landing Page.

 FR Landing Page.


Dashboard overview with shortcuts.


Details

FR Organisation Administrator

The FR Dashboard permits the AAF to delegate a set of functions to a subscriber’s nominee. This nominee becomes the subscriber’s FR Organisation administrator. The Dashboard will display shortcuts for components to which an administrator has elevated privileges. The FR Organisation administrator manages the following components on behalf of the subscriber:

  • FR Organisation

  • FR Organisation administrators and delegate access, 

  • Workflow approvals which belong to the Organisation,

  • Report Viewers,

  • Contact Roles.


Manage Organisation Administrators

To manage the administrators or contacts for an Organisation, access the FR Dashboard and select the Organisation for which a user has administrative privileges. Select the Administrators or the Contact tab and perform the necessary user management activities. 


Dashboard view for an Organisation Administrator.


Dashboard view of an Organisation’s Service Provider list.


Dashboard view of an organisation's service registrations. 


The FR Dashboard tracks the number of services registered for an Organisation. This assists organisations to monitor compliance with their subscription plan.


To receiving administrator privileges to a component, an individual must complete a logon to the FR. A prior login is not necessary when adding individuals as Contacts to an organisation or a service.


FR Service Administrators

Operators add services to the Federation by submitting a request to a registration workflow. The registration workflow requires the service’s SAML specific configuration necessary for that service to participate in the federation. The FR Organisation administrator is responsible for approving registration requests. The individual submitting a registration for an Identity Provider or Service Provider becomes the administrator of that component. That administrator may appoint additional administrators and other contacts, but only to that service. The FR Service Administrators manage the following components:

  • Identity Provider or Service Provider SAML configuration,

  • Identity Provider or Service Provider administrators and delegate access,

  • Report Viewers,

  • Contact Roles.


Manage Service Administrators (IdP and SP)

To manage the administrators or contacts for an Identity Provider or Service Provider, access the FR Dashboard and select the service for which a user has administrative privileges. Select the Administrators or the Contact tab and perform the necessary user management activities. 


A service’s administrators are principally responsible for maintaining the SAML specific configuration details of their service in the Federation


Dashboard view of a Service Provider details Overview tab.


Dashboard view of a Service Provider details Endpoints tab.


Dashboard view of a Service Provider details Requesting Attributes tab.


Other Contacts

Organisation and service Contacts provide the AAF with a contact list for various subscriber roles, including administrative, billing, other, PA to the primary representative, primary representative, product and service manager, support, technical. These roles provide a contact list within a subscriber institution and serve as the first point of contact for the AAF Support Team when necessary.


Register an Organisation

To register an Organisation, the subscriber's nominee submits a request from the FR landing page at https://manager.aaf.edu.au. The AAF evaluates the request, and on approval, the FR emails a unique code to the nominee. The nominee claims administrator access to their organisation by entering the code in the FR Dashboard. An Organisation registration in the Production Federation depends on an AAF Subscription Plan; typically, there is only one FR Organisation per real-world entity. New Organisation registrations in the Test Federation depend on AAF Support Team approval. Please discuss access to the Test Federation with the AAF Support Team before submitting a request. Additional details on Joining the AAF are available.


Register an Identity Provider or Service Provider

A new service registration starts from the FR landing page at https://manager.aaf.edu.au. A service owner submits a request linking the new service to an existing Organisation. That Organisation’s administrator will receive notification of the request. The AAF will evaluate the request, and on approval, the FR emails a unique code. The service owner claims their administrator access to the new service by supplying the unique code to the FR Dashboard


The service registration process offers a wizard that automates the retrieval of a service’s public SAML metadata. The service’s metadata contains sufficient information to complete the registration. Otherwise, a service owner must provide and confirm the mandatory configuration information to submit a request.


The number of services registered by an organisation should remain within the numerical limits of their subscription plan. When exceeded, an organisation must update its subscription before the AAF approves additional services.


New Registration workflow for Identity Providers and Service Providers.


Links

Federation Registry Service

Federation Registry Web Application

Become an AAF Subscriber 

How to join the Australian Access Federation