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In the event that you cannot establish a connection via Single Sign On (SSO), this help page will teach you how to run an analysis of the handshaking procedure and attempt to identify where the problem is. In our testing, the SAML Tracer plugin for Firefox has proved the best for troubleshooting. It clearly marks SAML requests and responses. It also decodes each request/response into an easily readable format. Other browsers also feature SAML decoding plugins, but their ease of use was not as good.

Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Install Firefox
  2. Install SAML Tracer
  3. Navigate to and log out if necessary. Enter your username and account code. Do not attempt to log in yet.
  4. Click the icon in upper right of browser to enable SAML Tracer 
  5. Click Log In With SSO
  6. Log into your IDP if necessary
  7. Switch to the SAML Tracer window and click Pause or you'll continue to log browser requests. You should see a list of all the network traffic between Projector and your IDP.

  8. Click on a row with an orange SAML tag. Then click the SAML tab in the lower half. This shows you the raw SAML request that was sent. 

  9. Analyze each of the SAML entries to identify problems. The most common is that the email address asserted back from your IDP differs from the one sent by Projector. 

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