SpringerLink Test cloud application

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Using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can use their Google Cloud credentials to sign in to enterprise-cloud applications.

Set up SSO via SAML for SpringerLink Test

Here's how to set up single sign-on (SSO) via SAML for the SpringerLink Test application.

Step 1: Set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP)
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Click Add appand thenSearch for apps.
  4. Enter Springer Link Test in the search field.
  5. In the search results, hover over the Springer Link Test SAML app and click Select
  6. On the Google Identity Provider details page:
    • Copy and save the SSO URL.
    • Copy and save the Entity ID.
    • Download the Certificate.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. On the Service provider details page, click Continue.
  9. (Optional) On the Attribute Mapping page, map Google directory attributes to corresponding application attributes:
    1. Click Add Mapping.
    2. Click the Select field menu and select a Google directory attribute.
    3. Enter the corresponding application attribute under App attributes.
  10. (Optional) If you want to send a user’s group membership information in the SAML response, enter the group names that are relevant for this app in the Group membership field.
    1. Under Google groups, click in the Search for a group entry field.
    2. Type one or more letters of the group name.
    3. Choose the group name from the dropdown list.
    4. Add additional groups as needed (total groups cannot exceed 75).
    5. Under App attribute, enter the service provider’s corresponding groups attribute name.

    Note: Regardless of how many group names you enter, the SAML response will only include groups that a user is a member of (directly or indirectly). For more information, see About group membership mapping.

  11. On the Attribute mapping page, click Finish.
Step 2: Set up SpringerLink Test as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)

Send an email to either your SpringerLink account manager or SpringerLink support, requesting that SSO be enabled for your account. Include your email domain name and the following identity provider (IdP) information copied in Step 1:

  • SSO URL 
  • Entity ID 
  • Attach the certificate you downloaded in Step 1 as a text file attachment to the email.

Note: SSO access is provided to institutions, not to specific users. After SpringerLink enables SSO, users can sign in using their organization's account name. After sign in, the authorized institution ID or name is shown at the bottom of the accessed page.

Step 3: Enable the SpringerLink Test app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select SpringerLink Test.
  4. Click User access.
  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:
    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. To change the Service status, select On or Off.
    3. Choose one:
      • If the Service status is set to Inherited and you want to keep the updated setting, even if the parent setting changes, click Override.
      • If the Service status is set to Overridden, either click Inherit to revert to the same setting as its parent, or click Save to keep the new setting, even if the parent setting changes.
        Note: Learn more about organizational structure.
  7. (Optional) Turn on the service for a group of users.
    Use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within or across your organizational units. Learn more

  8. Ensure that your SpringerLink Test user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that the SSO is working

SpringerLink Test supports both Identity Provider (IdP) initiated and Service Provider (SP) initiated SSO. Follow these steps to verify SSO in either mode:

IdP-initiated

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select SpringerLink Test.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    SpringerLink Test should open in a separate tab. If it doesn’t, use the information in the resulting SAML error messages to update your IdP and SP settings as needed, then retest SAML login.

SP-initiated

  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open https://link.springer.com/ and attempt to sign in. You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  3. Enter your sign in credentials.
  4. After your sign in credentials are authenticated, you are automatically redirected back to SpringerLink Test.
 


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