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  • OT procedures

    • members registering or modification of supplied information

    • introduction of new eduGAIN metadata requirements

    • introduction of new good practices for metadata

    • handling of aggregation alerts

    • system updates

    • software development, testing and production implementation

    • backup

    • monitoring

    • aggregation and signing details



  • Service Order

  • Problem resolution

  • Configuration change

  • System update

  • Backup

  • Disaster recovery

Availability of services



Operational Team tasks

Management of core eduGAIN services

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eduGAIN OT directly manages ...:


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eduGAIN services

Core services

Under the term services listed are utilities as perceived by external users. The internal organisation of services, flow of information and dependencies are not important in this view, but are described in sections further down.

Core Services

NameAccess locationDescription
MDShttps://mds.edugain.orgeduGAIN Metadata Distribution Service (MDS) is the central component of the eduGAIN service as a whole. For the  detailed description and procedures used in the eduGAIN metadata aggregate distributed by MDS see [eduGAIN-meta]. The eduGAIN metadata aggregate is produced on a separate, secured host (mds-feed) and it is copied to the distribution hosts and served form there by the http server. The file is updated hourly.
The technical sitehttps://technical.edugain.orgThe technical site directed primarily at the federation level personel. It provides information about eduGAIN members, details about their participation. The technical site is also the distribution point of documentation and home for several core and supplementary services.
Validatorhttps://validator.edugain.orgThe eduGAIN validator is a service designed for validating metadata adherence. The software has been created primarily as a component of the eduGAIN metadata aggregation and the details of validation rules are given im [eduGAIN-meta]. The same software enriched by a GUI is used a a tool form manual validation of metadata and serves as a support tool for federation operators.
eduGAIN status informationhttps://technical.edugain.org/statusThis status page provides a view of the eduGAIN database in the part relevant to membership information and to current status of metadata aggregation. The page also displays short summary information about numbers of entities in eduGAIN. The interface provides links to scans of the eduGAIN declaration signed by federations, direct links to metadata validation
Entities database GUIhttp://technical.edugain.org/entiesThis service is an interface to the part of the eduGAIN database which stores information about entities themselves. The interface has many filtering mechanisms and also allows for CSV download for further processing in a spreadsheet.
eduGAIN database APIhttps://technical.edugain.org/apiThe API provides access to most of information stored in the database. In particular, the API may be used by the federations to monitor the eduGAIN aggregation process. Other uses are statistics of various sorts or even download membership maps.


Suplementary services

NameAccess locationDescription



ECCShttps://technical.edugain.org/eccs/eduGAIN Connectivity Check Service - monitoring service for IdPs listed in eduGAIN, testing if they are actually ready for eduGAIN - i.e. if they consume eduGAIN metadata
isFederated Checkhttps://technical.edugain.org/isFederatedCheck/This tool searches all known academic identity federations for matching organisations and then displays the results.
CoCo monitorhttp://monitor.edugain.org/coco/SRCE
Technical testhttp://technical-test.edugain.orgThis host serves as a playground for software development done by the operational team. All extensions are applied, tested and presented at this platform and then transferred to production using the git mechanism
WIKI
The WIKI is maintained as a part of the GEANT WIKI space. The content is provided by many members of the community. WIKI serves as technical documentation, formal documentation (meeting minutes, documentation of operational procedures) and various guides on joining and making most of eduGAIN
Support


eduGAIN operational model and availability of services

eduGAIN core function is the metadata exchange point. Federations supply their own metadata and download aggregated metadata to supplement their own and redistribute them within their federation members. Federations are strongly discoursed from pointing any of their members directly to the eduGAIN MDS. Within this operational model even a relatively long (several hours) downtime of the MDS does not cause any disruption that could be noticed by individual identity or service providers.

While every care is taken that all eduGAIN services function reliably, the selected operational model allows that services updates and modifications can be done at a short-term notice


Operational Team procedures

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For security reasons singing keys can be present only for federations which have been approved to be a member of the eduGAIN SAML Profile.




eduGAIN

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Under the term services listed are utilities as perceived by external users. The internal organisation of services, flow of information and dependencies are not important in this view, but are described in sections further down.

Core Services

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Metadata Distribution Service (MDS) is the central component of the eduGAIN service as a whole. For the  detailed description and procedures used in the eduGAIN metadata aggregate distributed by MDS see [eduGAIN-meta]. The eduGAIN metadata aggregate is produced on a separate, secured host (mds-feed) and

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eduGAIN Metadata Distribution Service (MDS) is the central component of the eduGAIN service as a whole. For the  detailed description and procedures used in the eduGAIN metadata aggregate distributed by MDS see [eduGAIN-meta]. The eduGAIN metadata aggregate is produced on a separate, secured host (mds-feed) and the 




Organisation and management of services

Main access host - technical, validator, mds
DNS names

www.edugian.org, technical.edugain.org; validator.edugain.org; mds.edugain.org

All these are CNAMEs for massonia.man.poznan.pl

Function

eduGAIN database - edugain-db

Functionstore all data for services directly managed by the eduGAIN OT
The aggregation host - mds-feed
Functionacquire and validate federation metadata feeds, create, sign and publish the  eduGAIN metadata aggregate.
Main access host - technical, validator, mds
DNS names

www.edugian.org, technical.edugain.org; validator.edugain.org; mds.edugain.org

All these are CNAMEs for massonia.man.poznan.pl

Function

eduGAIN database - edugain-db

Functionstore all data for services directly managed by the eduGAIN OT
The aggregation host - mds-feed
Functionacquire and validate federation metadata feeds, create, sign and publish the  eduGAIN metadata aggregate.


System maintenance

Operating system and general software components

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