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Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Grainger Hall, Room 2510
975 University Avenue, Madison, WI

June 18 - 19, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (CDT)

Registration is open!

Training Overview

This two-day session will focus on the InCommon Trusted Access Platform packaged Grouper software (formerly known as TIER) -- including installation and configuration with a mix of lecture, hands-on training, and discussion. The target audience for this workshop is anyone interested in implementing access governance the "InCommon way", and includes novices and folks who already have some Grouper experience (although knowledge of identity management concepts and related implementation experience is strongly recommended).

The modules start with Grouper basics and progress through new Grouper features, access governance, Grouper security model, and Grouper administration. The session culminates in with an access governance practicum that incorporates the InCommon Trusted Access Platform suite of components and provides a "full IAM stack" experience.

Thinking about modernizing your operations? This is the right place. This is an opportunity to learn about the DevOps approach to managing your development and operations and how you can use the Docker containerized version of the software to streamline your work load. All of the training is done in a virtual machine (VM) environment, so you won’t need to know the details about containers.

A more-detailed look at the curriculum is at the end of this page.

Here is what you can expect:

  • A two-day, directed self-paced workshop

  • Hands-on exercises
  • Experienced trainers providing overviews and one-on-one help 

  • Discussions on configuration and suggested practices for federation

  • Attendance is limited to 40

This workshop will offer the chance to:

  • Gain experience with the Docker container version of Grouper

  • Discuss how to configure and run the software in production

  • Discuss integration with other identity management components


Madison is located in south-central Wisconsin and is accessible via several major highways. Madison is:

  • 78 miles or a 1 ½-hour drive from Milwaukee, via Interstate 94
  • 147 miles or a 2 ½-hour drive from Chicago, via Interstate 90
  • 269 miles or a 4 ½-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, via Interstate 94
  • 93 miles or a 2-hour drive from Dubuque, via US 151

Please allow 20-30 minutes to reach campus, find parking and travel to your destination.


There is parking at Grainger Hall, although space is limited.  There is a charge for parking, that varies by location. Typically, all day visitor parking is around $15/day.

More spaces and parking on campus can be found at and

  • The interactive map can show available spaces if you click on the lot
  • Please note that Lot 46 – Lake & Johnson Ramp and Lot 83 Fluno Center Garage are close alternatives.
  • If all campus lots are full, there is also parking available at a nearby city ramp.

Hotel Accommodations



Sample Nightly Rate

Fluno Center (on campus)(877) 773-5866$169
Memorial Union (on campus)(608) 263-2600$189
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Madison(608) 251-5511$212
Hampton Inn and Suites Madison/Downtown(608) 255-0360$200
Graduate Hotel Madison(608) 257-4391$259

Being in the heart of the city, there are many accommodation choices, from luxury to budget-minded. The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau has complete listings.

Transportation Options


Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Taxis and city bus service are available from the airport.

Mass Transportation

Long distance intercity bus services providing scheduled service to Madison include Badger Coach, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Megabus and Van Galder bus lines. There are daily connections to Milwaukee and Chicago airports, and Amtrak in Chicago. Many buses stop at Memorial Union.

Dining and Activities

Madison offers a fantastic array of dining options from ethnic to continental cuisines to burgers and everything in between! For a comprehensive list of dining options in the downtown area, contact Madison’s Central Business Improvement District. For a list of dining options in Madison and surrounding communities, visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau.


In June, Madison is warm and humid. Temperatures tend to reach 79 degrees, usually not dropping below 50 degrees.

Before You Arrive

Read and follow the preparation instructions:

We use VMs hosted on Amazon Web Services - these will be available the day of the class, so there is nothing you need download ahead of time.

Please note that the training requires you to bring a laptop.

  1. You will need to have an SSH client plus the browser of your choice.

    1. If you are on Windows, PuTTY works well:
    2. macOS and Linux should already have what you need out of the box.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Curriculum Outline

Day One

  1. Grouper Basics (101)

  2. Grouper Advanced Features

  3. What’s new in Grouper 2.4

  4. Grouper Access Governance (201)

  5. Grouper Security Model (211)

Day Two

  1. Grouper Administration (301)

  2. Access Governance Practicum Part 1 (401)

  3. Access Governance Practicum Part 2 (401)

  4. Wrap up and IAM discussion

Agenda Outline

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18 - 19, 2019

NOTE: All times are Central Daylight Time



8:30 a.m.

Check-in opens

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Background, Begin install

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - Noon


Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.

Workshop Ends

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