Sun Java System Federation Manager 7.0 User's Guide


The Sun Java System Federation Manager 7.0 User's Guide provides information and procedures concerning this initial release of Sun™ Java System Federation Manager. The User's Guide includes installation instructions, administrative procedures, developer material, technical notes, and other relevant information.

Who Should Use This Book

The Sun Java System Federation Manager 7.0 User's Guide is intended for use by IT professionals, network administrators and software developers who implement a standards based service provider platform using Sun Java System server software. It is recommended that administrators understand the following technologies:

In addition, administrators should have a clear knowledge of the legal aspects of identity federation (including privacy laws) and corporate policies.

Before You Read This Book

Federation Manager can be installed to work with Sun Java System Access Manager. Access Manager is a component of the Sun Java Enterprise System suite of products.

How This Book Is Organized

Sun Java System Federation Manager 7.0 User's Guide contains instructional and conceptual material regarding the use of Sun Java System Federation Manager. The book is organized into the chapters described in the following table.

Table P–1 Chapters in the Federation Manager User's Guide



1 Introducing Federation Manager

An overview of Federation Manager. 

2 Installing and Deploying Federation Manager

Contains the installation procedure for Federation Manager and related deployment information. 

3 Customizing Federation Manager

Contains information on how to customize your Federation Manager installation. It includes procedures on how to change the default data store, enable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and work with Sun Java System Policy Agents. 

4 Getting Started

Contains the procedures for changing default data stores and introductory material on the samples included with Federation Manager. 

5 System Administration

Contains information on how to configure your Federation Manager server and the non-Liberty Authentication Service. 

6 Authentication

Contains information on how to configure your Federation Manager server for authentication. 

7 Federation, Authentication Domains and Entities

Contains administrative information about federations, entities and providers. 

8 SAML Administration

Contains information about the SAML component. 

9 Web Services

Provides information regarding the Liberty-based web services. 

Related Books

The following sections describe the documentation for Federation Manager and Sun Java System products:

Federation Manager Core Documentation

The Federation Manager documentation set contains the following titles:

Note –

The Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Federation and SAML Administration Guide provides information about the features in Access Manager that are based on the Liberty Alliance Project and SAML specifications. Because Access Manager is also based on these specifications and might be used with Federation Manager, this guide provides useful information for a Federation Manager deployment.

Updates to the Release Notes and links to modifications of the core documentation can be found on the Federation Manager documentation page. Updated documents will be marked with a revision date.

Sun Java System Product Documentation

Useful information can be found in the documentation for the following Sun Java System products:

Contacting Sun Technical Support

If you have technical questions about this product that are not answered in the product documentation, contact Sun Support Services.

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–2 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

Perform a patch analysis.

Do not save the file.

[Note that some emphasized items appear bold online.] 

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–3 Shell Prompts



C shell prompt 


C shell superuser prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt 


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