Shibboleth Metadata Administration service¶
This page gives an overview of the Shibboleth Metadata Administration service (Metadata App), describing its current status, where and how it's developed and deployed, and who is responsible for maintaining it.
This service allows web site administrators in the University to register web sites so that they work with the shibboleth provided by the Raven SAML2 service and subsequently to manage those registrations. This is achieved by uploading 'SAML Metadata' describing those sites.
The Metadata App is currently live.
Technical queries and support should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be picked up by a member of the team working on the service. To ensure that you receive a response, always direct requests to email@example.com rather than reaching out to team members directly.
Issues discovered in the service or new feature requests should be opened as GitLab issues here.
The Metadata App is currently deployed to the following environments:
|Name||Main Application URL||Django Admin URL|
The GCP console pages for managing the infrastructure of each component of the deployment are:
|Name||Main Application Hosting||Database|
|Production||GCP Cloud Run||GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)|
|Staging||GCP Cloud Run||GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)|
|Development||GCP Cloud Run||GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)|
All environments share access to a set of secrets stored in the meta-project Secret Manager.
The source code for the Metadata App is spread over the following repositories:
|Application Server||The source code for the main application server|
|Infrastructure Deployment||The Terraform infrastructure code for deploying the application server to GCP|
The following gives an overview of the technologies the Metadata App is built on.
|Web Application||Python 3.8||Django 2.2|
The following gives an overview of how the Metadata App is deployed and maintained.
How and where the Metadata App is deployed¶
The database for metadata is a PostgreSQL database hosted by GCP Cloud SQL. The main web application is a classic Django application (not DRF), hosted by GCP Cloud Run.
The Metadata App infrastructure is deployed using Terraform, with releases of the main application application deployed by the GitLab CD pipelines associated with the infrastructure deployment repository.
Deploying a new release¶
README.md files in each of the source code repositories explain how to deploy the
The same method of monitoring the app is with Cloud Logs
For debugging the deployed app see "Monitoring" above. For debugging locally the
describes how the containerised app can be run.
Other operational documentation¶
Service Management and tech lead¶
The service owner for the Metadata App is Vijay Samtani.
The service manager for the Metadata App is Dr Я Charles.
The tech lead for the Metadata App is Robin Goodall.
The following engineers have operational experience with the Metadata App and are able to respond to support requests or incidents: