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Federating within the same domain

Hello all, I am implementing a SAML 2.0 federated solution that exists within a single domain (,, The various sections are different applications/services on physically differnt servers/systemse. All of the SAML use cases I have read (Oasis) only talk about cross-domain federation. Will the SAML solution be able to distinguish between the different URLs within a single domain. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Respectfully, SRosen

There are no assumptions or restrictions in SAML about the relationship between servers. The specs talk about cross-domain use cases because within a domain, the motivations to standardize on something cross-vendor vs. a proprietary solution are stronger, and because there are many other technologies that can be used within a domain, but don't scale well beyond that. Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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