SAML and Faspex

IBM Aspera Faspex supports Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, an XML-based standard that allows secure web domains to exchange user authentication and authorization data. With the SAML model, you can configure Faspex as a SAML online service provider (SP) that contacts a separate online identity provider (IdP) to authenticate users. Authenticated users can then use Faspex to access secure content.

With SAML enabled, Faspex redirects a user to the IdP sign-on URL. The user signs in with the IdP and the IdP sends a SAML assertion back to Faspex, which grants the user access to Faspex. When a SAML user logs in to Faspex for the first time, Faspex automatically creates a new user account based on the information provided by the SAML response. Any changes subsequently made to the account on the DS server are not automatically picked up by Faspex. For more information about user provisioning for SAML users, see User Accounts Provisioned by Just-In-Time (JIT) Provisioning.

IdP Requirements

To use SAML with Faspex, you must already have an identity provider (IdP) that meets the following requirements:

Configure the SAML IdP

Before configuring SAML in Faspex, make sure you configure your IdP to send a correct SAML response to Faspex. For more information, see Configure Your Identity Provider (IdP).

SAML and Directory Services

SAML and directory services should not be enabled together. Although there is a directory service behind a SAML IdP, Faspex users do not have access to it. When configuring SAML with Faspex, the following is recommended:
  1. Disable directory service sync.
  2. Remove existing directory service users from the system.

Multiple SAML Configurations in Faspex

Faspex supports multiple SAML configurations on the same server. Faspex redirects users to the default SAML IdP, but if no default is specified, Faspex directs users to the local login page where users can choose to log into publicly visible SAML configurations or log in locally.

In the following example, East Department and West Department are the names of two SAML configurations.

To configure multiple SAML configurations in Faspex, first create a new SAML configuration (see Creating a SAML Configuration in Faspex) and then configure a domain URL for the configuration (see Configuring a Domain URL for SAML).

Bypassing the Default SAML IdP

If users need to access a SAML IdP that is not the default IdP, users can use domain URLs to directly access a SAML configuration.

Users also have the option of bypassing the SAML redirect and logging into Faspex from the local login page. For more information, see Bypassing the SAML Redirect.