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The InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshop at the University of Chicago is just a couple of days away. Here's the information I sent last week – we had a few folks register after this went out. Please note two things.

  1. There is a short survey — your filling this out will help us focus the training. Please do so today. Thanks!
  2. Unlike previous training sessions, there are no VMs to download, since we've moved to using Amazon Web Services. You have a choice of using the Internet2 hosted AWS or your own. Also, be sure you have root/admin access to your laptop.
Additional information is below. Thanks for registering!


Dean Woodbeck
Education and Outreach Lead, InCommon

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Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:53 AM
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Subject: [shibworkshop-2016-05] Important Info: Chicago Shibboleth Installation Training

InCommon Shibboleth Workshop * May 19-20, 2016

University of Chicago * Chicago, Illinois


You are receiving this note because you registered for the InCommon Shibboleth Installation Workshop, May 19-20, 2016, at the University of Chicago. Here is some important information to make your experience productive and enjoyable.

We have created a wiki page that should answer most of your questions about location, parking, hotels, driving directions, and the like:


Training Location

Harper Court

5235 Harper Court, 11th floor (rooms 1116, 1119, 1121)

Chicago, Illinois 60615

Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m. ET both days, and the sessions will begin at 9 am. Note that we provide lunch and refreshment breaks, but we do not provide breakfast.


Hotel, Transportation, and Parking

See the hotel information on the wiki page:

Mass Transit: The University of Chicago is served by the Metra Electric commuter line.

Parking: The Hyatt Place, which is across the street from the Harper Court building where the training will be held, offers parking (whether you are a guest or not), provided there is room in the deck. There is also a self-park lot across the street. Plan on $35/day for parking.


Workshop Survey and Virtual Machines

Please note that the training requires you to bring a laptop. You will need to have either an RDP client (for Windows) or SSH client (for Linux), plus root access to modify your etc/host files, depending on your choice of operating system for this class.

Please complete a brief survey prior to the training, and no later than Tuesday, May 17. This will allow the training team to spin up the appropriate number of VMs and also customize the discussion items to be covered. Survey link:

The training makes use of Virtual Machines (VMs), in this case derived from Amazon Marketplace Images (AMI) loaded on Amazon Web Services. The training team will provide access instructions when you arrive for the first day of the training on May 19. You will have the choice of running the VM in your own AWS instance, or having Internet2 and InCommon host the VM on your behalf. 

  • You will need root/administrator access on the computer you will be bringing to class so that you can modify the local hosts file.
  • If you choose to use the Internet2/InCommon-hosted instance, your VM will be available during the training and for two weeks after the training. After two weeks, the VM will no longer exist, so be sure to save anything you need within two weeks of the end of the training.

Please review the preparation instructions for your environment



OBTAIN YOUR NAME BADGE and other important meeting materials outside the training room, which opens at 8:00 a.m. We suggest you arrive by 8:30, to allow enough time to check in, browse the beverages, and get your laptop up and running.

CASUAL ATTIRE is suggested. All software used is thread-safe, so steel-toed boots, hard hats, and leather gloves are strictly optional.

BEVERAGES AND LUNCH: We do *not* provide breakfast in the morning, although we do endorse the concept that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That said, coffee, tea, soft drinks and water will be available and there will be a mid-morning snack. Lunch *is* provided as part of your registration and there will be an afternoon snack break, as well.

If you have any questions about the workshop or its technical content, please send a note to .


Dean Woodbeck

Education and Outreach Lead, InCommon


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