Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments, Prospective Students, New/Incoming Students, Guests

Cost: No charge

Authentication services sit between client programs and secured services. Boston University supports three types of authentication services which can be integrated with applications: Shibboleth, Kerberos, and Weblogin. An application leveraging these services can then control client access based on the standard BU login names and passwords and, optionally, SecurID.

Benefits

The use of Authentication Services simplifies the management and improves the usability of applications by allowing the use of BU accounts for access.

Key Features

  • Enables use of a single password for multiple applications
  • Leverages account management over multiple applications
  • Simplifies access to third-party applications and services

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.

Requirements

Shibboleth:

Kerberos:

  • Host system for the application must be BU Linux (5 or 6), Solaris (8 or 10), or Windows Server (2008 or 2012)
  • Host system must be on the BU campus network
  • Time clock on the host system must be synchronized with a Network Time Server

Weblogin:

  • Application must be running in an Apache Web server hosted on BU Linux (5 or 6) or Solaris (8 or 10)
  • Host Web server must be on the BU campus network
  • Time clock on the host Web server must be synchronized with a Network Time Server

Getting Started