Establishing an entity is a two-step process. First, you create the entity. (This is when you define whether it is a provider entity or an affiliate entity.) After creating the entity, you configure it with provider information or affiliation information. The following procedure is used to create the new entity only. The starting point is the Entity Descriptors screen under Federation.
An entity can be created but it will not be available for assignment to an authentication domain until it has been populated with provider(s).
Click New to display the entity attributes.
The New Entity Descriptor page is displayed.
Type a value for the Entity Name.
This field specifies the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) of the entity and must be unique. For example, http://shivalik.sun.com or http://provider2.com:875.
(Optional) Enter a description of the entity in the Description field.
Select one of the following options to define the entity’s type.
Select Provider and click Create.
The new entity is now displayed as a provider entity in the list of configured Entities.
Select Affiliate, enter a value for both Affiliate ID and Affiliate Owner ID and click Create.
The Affiliate ID specifies a URI defined by the Affiliate Owner that uniquely represents the affiliate entity. For example, http://shivalik.sun.com or http://provider2.com:875. The Affiliate Owner ID is the provider ID of the service provider (defined in a provider entity) that is forming the affiliation. After entering these values and clicking OK, the new entity is displayed as an affiliate entity in the list of configured Entities.
Defining a service provider as the Affiliate Owner does not automatically include it as a member of the affiliate. If an owner is also a member, the provider ID must be defined in both attributes.
The new entity is displayed on the Entities screen.