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The InCommon Online Forum provides an opportunity for policy and technical discussions with the InCommon Steering Committee, the InCommon Technical Advisory Committee and InCommon's collaboration groups.

Active Directory Domain Services and Suggested Practices for Authentication
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Noon ET | 11 am CT | 10 am MT | 9 am PT

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Do you have Microsoft’s Active Directory Domain Services as part of your identity management system? Join us for a webinar at noon (ET) on Wednesday, May 7, to learn about the revision of a popular cookbook that demonstrates suggested practices for authentication.

The InCommon Silver with Active Directory Domain Services Cookbook provides help for those interested in adopting InCommon Silver Identity Assurance Profile and enhancing their authentication security. The document is available on the Internet2 wiki.

The Cookbook contains specific guidelines for identity provider operators that have Microsoft's Active Directory Domain Services at or near the core of their identity management systems, including:

  • storage encryption for domain servers that hold passwords,
  • AD-provided authentication protocols, and
  • password replication among domain controllers.

The Cookbook also includes interpretations, reviewed by the Assurance Advisory Committee, of key IAP sections that may be of value to institutions utilizing technologies other than Active Directory in their identity management systems. This revision, originally published in 2012, addresses changes in version 1.2 of the InCommon Assurance Profile (IAP).

The U.S. Government-approved Silver Identity Assurance Profile, comparable to the NIST Level of Assurance 2, has identity-proofing requirements that provide reasonable assurance of individual identity. The profile describes sets of Identity Provider Operator requirements for registering individuals, issuing credentials, and managing related identity management information. For more information on InCommon’s Assurance Program, see

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About the InCommon Online Forum

The InCommon Online Forum is a series of webinars that provide opportunities for presentations with the Steering Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee, collaboration groups, and topics of general interest to the community

If you are looking for the IAM Online educational sessions, please go here.

Archived Sessions

Community Update — InCommon Technical Advisory Committee
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Adobe Connect:

Slide deck download (includes bonus slides) [PDF]

The InCommon TAC will provide one of the regular updates of its work plan and discuss some of the projects that are currently underway. This one-hour session will include a general overview, plus information about several specific areas in which groups have either continued work, or are starting to work. There will be opportunity for your feedback and discussion. Topics will include:

  1. recommendations from the interfederation subgroup (phase 1) and plans for phase 2
  2. recommendations from the metadata distribution subgroup
  3. federating the Federation Manager and Certificate Manager
  4. status updates on SHA-256 testing, InCert, and Assurance
  5. several other items

February 22, 2013 - Community Update — InCommon Technical Advisory Committee

November 1, 2012 - Priorities and Goals of the InCommon Technical Advisory Committee

Archived Webinar [Adobe Connect]

January 19, 2012 - The Research & Scholarship Category of Service Providers

Archived Webinar [Adobe Connect]
Slide deck from Webinar [PDF]
R&S Program Details [links to wiki]

September 14, 2010 - The InCommon Cert Service

View the archived presentation [Adobe Connect format]

April 27, 2010- Internet2 Spring Member Meeting

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March 30, 2010- InCommon Steering Chat

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Session overview: Topics included: InCommon Update; extending your federated services.

February 25, 2010 - InCommon Technical Advisory Committee Discussion

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Session overview: Topics included: SAML 2 profiles/support, University of Michigan's uApprove implementation, InCommon technical priorities.

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