ADFS/SAML : How to configure teacher login

This guide shows how SAML authentication works in Meet the Teacher and explains how to set it up. ADFS authentication is our most popular implementation of SAML.

How does it work?

Once set up, SAML means that when your teachers go to the teacher login for your system they see a green login button. When they click the button their email address is read from SAML and matched to the email address on the teacher record in Meet the Teacher (you can find or check this via Data > Teachers).

How to set up ADFS authentication

In order to setup ADFS/SAML authentication, you will firstly need access to your ADFS platform. If you don't have that, please get in touch with your IT department and refer them to this article. Here are the steps for setting up your authentication on an ADFS server:

  1. On your ADFS platform, add a new Relying Party Trust. When asked for the metadata URL, please use:

    https://auth.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/saml
  2. Once you've added the trust, go to the Edit Claim Rules section then:
    1. Add a new Send LDAP Attributes as Claim rule with the following settings:



    2. Add a new Transform an Incoming Claim Rule:

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  3. Next, navigate into the Settings > Teacher Authentication section in Meet the Teacher. Select SAML Authentication then enter the link for your metadata into the Metadata URL text box. The metadata URL is normally something like https://adfs.domain/federationmetadata/2007-06/federationmetadata.xml. 
  4. Finally, enter the entity ID for your ADFS server. Normally this would be something like http://adfs.domain.com/adfs/services/trust but it can be different.
  5. Click save to make your change live.

Once this is setup, you are ready to use ADFS authentication for your teacher logins. 

Testing/Troubleshooting

To test a teacher login, get a teacher to log in on the teacher login page at https://<school name>.meettheteacher.com/Auth/Teacher. The Teacher will be redirected to the school's ADFS site and asked to log in. On successful login, they'll be logged into their teacher account directly. If you have problems with teacher logins, make sure the ADFS email address matches the email address pulled through from the SIS.

If you run into any problems, please let us know by sending an email to support@meettheteacher.com with the teacher's name and email address according to ADFS and we will be back in touch with our findings.

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