Lynda SAML Configuration


This article outlines the information and steps you need to take in order to configure Lynda to use the Hypersocket SAML Identity Provider. Once configured your users will be redirected to your Hypersocket Server to authenticate. 


Step 1 - Create the Resource from the Template

Log into your server as admin and navigate to Single Sign On -> SAML. Select Search Templates and select the Lynda SAML template and click Next.

You will be asked for your Lynda entity ID, this is a unique URL that represents yourconnection with Lynda, you can use the URL of your server for example,

This will be incorporated in the final LaunchURL and the IssuerId.

 Click Next and you should be presented with this article. At this point click on the Goto Article link to open this article in a separate browser window so that you can return to the SAML list of resources where your Lynda SAML resource should now be present.


Step 2 - Download SAML metadata

You will need a couple of things from your server in order to configure Lynda. First you will need to download the SAML metadata.

In the table of SAML resources locate the Lynda SAML resource, and click the options icon  to activate the dropdown. Select Download Metadata; this is an XML file that contains information about the Identity Provider and its access points.

Next, navigate to Configuration->Certificates and locate the SAML RSA certificate. Again using the options icon  to activate the dropdown, select Download Certificate



Step 3 - Establishing Federation with Lynda

Once you have setup the SAML resource on your server you will now need to contact Lynda support and provide them the metadata and certificate. They will then enable SSO on your account and provide you with a number of links and guidance to test and establish SAML responses.

The service generated links will direct you to your Hypersocket SSO server to authenticate. Once successful you will then be asked to navigate to a results page in the same browser which shows the success of the test phase. The results need to be sent back to your Lynda support engineer.

If the session was sucessful your Lynda account is ready for SSO authentication.


Step 4 - Final Checks

One final step before you start using your Lynda resource, ensure that you have assigned some Roles to it so that its available for users to use. 

In addition, each user's email address must match their SAML logon email as this is the primary link between accounts.

Once access is assigned log out of Lynda and then access Hypersocket as a user with the rights to use the new resource. In Browser Resources section under My Resources click the launch icon  to access Lynda.

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