Tips and Tricks for Adding New Authentication Methods

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Are you switching authentication methods and are worried about making a smooth transition? Don’t worry it is easier than you think. Below I have listed some of the tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. I hope they are helpful to you during this authentication transition.

  • If you are changing the login id, make sure that the user account’s login id matches the username you are passing from your authentication. 
  • If possible, test the new authentication method in your beta instance. There are two authentication providers that you cannot use in beta, Google SAML, and Oauth Clever authentication.

  • When adding multiple authentications and you only want a subset of users to use a specific authentication, set the user’s authentication provider id to the correct authentication provider. You can do this by using a Users.csv or Logins.csv

  • Users can have two login ids that can be pointed to two different authentications. A good use case for this is if you want to use Canvas local authentication as a backup to your current authentication. To add a new login you will use a Logins.csv.

  • You can test your new authentication in production. When you create a new authentication, it will generate a URL append that you can use to log in. Below is a screenshot of where to find the append. The only users that would know this new URL would be the ones you have given it to or if they leaked it.




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