Before you begin
You can use the Federation Services > SAML 2.0 Identity Provider page to configure this server in the role of SAML 2.0 Identity Provider. A SAML 2.0 Identity Provider creates, maintains, and manages identity information for principals, and provides principal authentication to other Service Provider partners within a federation by generating SAML 2.0 assertions for those partners.
To configure a server as a SAML 2.0 Identity Provider:
The query parameter is a unique string that the SAML 2.0 services uses to hold the login return URL for the local single sign-on service servlet. (Note that, as an alternative, the login return URL can also be specified in the login web application.)
For more information about using a custom login web application, see Configuring Single Sign-On with Web Browsers and HTTP Clients.
For more information about publishing SAML 2.0 metadata, see Partner Metadata File.
After you finish
Coordinate with your federated partners to ensure that the SAML bindings you have enabled for this SAML authority, as well as your requirements for signed documents, are compatible with your partners. For more information, see Exchanging Information with Your Federated Partners.