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Wisconsin Federation - Service Description

Wisconsin Federation is an authentication and authorization framework that allows applications the ability to provide campus-specific login services.


Wisconsin Federation is available to UW System students, faculty, and staff for login to applications which support the use of Wisconsin Federation. By using Shibboleth to unite the campus-level authentication repositories, Wisconsin Federation allows users from various campuses to login to the same application using their specific campus credentials.

Users of Wisconsin Federation will primarily access the service via supported services such as My UW System Portal. Users of Wisconsin Federation who are attempting to use a supported service will be redirected to a central page called the WAYF (where are you from) which allows them to choose the campus they will be logging in from. This page is not directly accessible. Users should go to the URL for the application they're attempting to use to login.

Support Conditions

The DoIT Help Desk will attempt to assist users of Wisconsin Federation who are attempting to login from throughout the UW System. However, the DoIT Help Desk can only lookup usernames and reset passwords for UW-Madison users; the DoIT Help Desk does not have the ability to reset passwords for other UW System schools. If you are affiliated with another UW System school and need to have your campus username and password reset, you should contact your campus help desk for further assistance.

Otherwise, the DoIT Help Desk can provide general assistance to users of the Wisconsin Federation who are having trouble logging in.

Recommended web browsers

Though Wisconsin Federation may work with older browsers or other browsers not listed below, it is recommended that you use one of the following browsers when using Wisconsin Federation. However, some applications which use Wisconsin Federation may have more restrictive browser recommendations. You should review the information for the application you are using if you are concerned about browser compatibility.

  • Safari 4 or later
  • Firefox 3 or later
  • Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Opera 10 or later

Other requirements

Wisconsin Federation uses cookies. You will need to make sure that cookies are enabled. See Web Browsers - Cookies FAQ for more information about cookies.


Wisconsin Federation is available for login 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, there is a regularly scheduled maintenance window Tuesdays from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM. During this time, Wisconsin Federation may be unavailable.

Keywords:wisconsin federation shibboleth shibbolleth shiboleth shibolleth WAYF IdP login   Doc ID:13938
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2010-05-05 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-08-13 18:22 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Systems & Network Control Center
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