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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM (CEST)

Make your services accessible via ELIXIR AAI

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ELIXIR AAI is the ELIXIR service portfolio for authenticating researchers and managing their access rights in ELIXIR services. The workshop is intended in particular for service administrators in organizations that want to make use of ELIXIR AAI in controlling access to their services.

The workshop has down-to-earth approach that consists of lectures and hands-on sessions where the participants are instructed to install and configure a server running in a virtual machine in their own laptop. The workshop will be rather technical and detailed at times.

The workshop consists of two days. The first day is generic and useful for any service provider interested in providing online services relaying on the SAML 2.0 identity federation protocol. During the day the participants learn to install a SAML (Shibboleth) Service Provider server and integrate it to a SAML Identity Provider server. The second day is specific to ELIXIR and focuses on integrating the SAML Service Provider to the ELIXIR AAI. Also the ELIXIR AAI’s support for OpenID Connect protocol is presented.


Participants should bring a laptop - if you do not have one, please let the organizers know in advance. You may also be paired with someone else.

Participants should have a basic understanding of federations and federated identity management, including the terms and the benefits. Participants should also be familiar with the concept and the motivation of running Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) services. The basic Linux skills are also strongly recommended.

The training is performed on a virtual machine (VM). The VM image that can be run in Virtual Box (recommended) or VMware Player/Fusion. To run the SP Training VM the following minimal requirements have to be met:

  • User must have administration privileges on the laptop
  • Any recent (< 4 years) Intel or AMD processor.
  • 4 GByte RAM (at least 1.5GB free memory)
  • 12 GByte free harddisk space
  • Internet Connectivity
  • VirtualBox (or VMWare Player) installed and fully operational.
  • Download and Test Workshop VM Image (VM is running Linux OS)

Detailed instructions with links to the workshop VM image will be sent to the attendees later.


Albert­-Ludwigs­-Universität Freiburg
Technische Fakultät
Georges­-Köhler-Allee 106
79110 Freiburg

Contact phone number: 0172-9893034 (Björn Grüning)


Building 101, 2. OG, Room 02 016/018

Acknowledgements and Support

This workshop is organised and supported by the AARC project and ELIXIR.




  • Michal Prochazka, ELIXIR-CZ, ELIXIR AAI task co-chair
  • Ondrej Velisek, ELIXIR-CZ, ELIXIR AAI task, OpenID Connect expert
  • Timo Mustonen, ELIXIR-FI, Shibboleth expert
  • Mikael Linden, ELIXIR-FI, ELIXIR AAI task co-chair

Day 1


Time   Activity
09:00 Welcome and introductions
09:15 Federated Identity Management, SAML, Shibboleth and VM Setup
10:30 Coffee break
10:50 Basic Shibboleth SP Installation and Configuration
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Session Handling and User Attributes
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Access Control, Advanced Topics and Q&A session
17:00 Close



On Tuesday we meet at: for dinner!


Day 2


Time   Activity
09:00 Coffee and arrivals
09:15 Introduction to ELIXIR AAI
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Integrating a SAML SP to the ELIXIR AAI
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Introduction to OpenID Connect
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Integration to ELIXIR AAI using OpenID Connect
16:15 Wrap-up and post-workshop questionnaire
16:30 Close


How to get to the campus of the Technische Fakultät

From Basel airport

From Freiburg Hauptbahnhof

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Accommodation for foreign visitors

Hotel am Rathaus
Rathausgasse 4-8

Hotel Barbara
Poststrasse 4

Hotel Minerva
Poststrasse 8

Intercity Hotel Freiburg
Bismarckallee 3

B&B Hotel Freiburg Süd
Munzinger Str. 1 b

Caritas Tagungszentrum Freiburg


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Albert­-Ludwigs­-Universität Freiburg, Technische Fakultät
Georges­-Köhler-Allee 106
79110 Freiburg

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM (CEST)

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