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Display name

The name of the connection as it will appear at our authentication point when there is a choice of connector. Defaults to the name specified in the ADFS metadata

Metadata URL

Where the ADFS metadata is published. Populated only when metadata is loaded from a URL, it allows easy updates to the connection if your ADFS system changes.


The entity identifier of your ADFS instance, typically http://YOURDOMAIN/adfs/services/trust. Drawn from the ADFS metadata.

SSO endpoint

The login address, typically https://YOURDOMAIN/adfs/ls/. Drawn from the ADFS metadata.
Display name attributeThe claim you specify here supplies the value displayed in account lists and audit where you would normally see the OpenAthens username. DisplayName is a common source but it does not have to be different from the Unique user attribute claim.
Unique user attribute

The claim you specify here must supply a value unique to the user within the current user set and should supply a pseudonymous value unique to that user for all time. This is used by the system to tell users apart and also used in the generation of targetedIDs and statistics. It does not have to be the username entered at your login point. ObjectGUID is a popular choice.


Not live = connection can only be used in debug mode. The visibility and default flags are ignored.

Live and visible (if this is the only local connection) = connection can only be used in debug mode.

Live and visible (if there are multiple live and visible connections) = users are offered a choice of connections, including this one. There is a domain preference to include OpenAthens accounts or not.

Live & visible & default = This is your only login option and users will be sent directly to your login whenever the organisation is known. A successful authentication will tell the authentication point to remember that location. A failed authentication will clear that setting. Debug mode will not show other login options.

Changes to the status usually take effect within moments.

Create local accounts

Automatically - any user authenticated by your system and passed back to us is deemed ok and will be accepted by the system

Manually - only user IDs you have previously uploaded via the list page will be accepted by our systems

Remove local accounts

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Salt value

The salt used to generate a targetedID for users authenticated by this connection.

You might edit it if you were migrating from something like OpenAthens LA to MD so that your users can have the same targetedID value when they change systems. If you set it to blank the connection will use the same salt as your MD accounts.

Modifying this after you go live will change the identifiers seen by service providers for your users... which is rarely desirable.