The test federation provides a convenient framework to easily test a software component. The requirements to register a SAML entity are deliberately relaxed, and do not require any administrative registration with RENATER. As a consequence, anyone can register anything in this federation, and it should never be used for production services.
The Fédération Education-Recherche is a production environment governed by a technical framework: https://services.renater.fr/federation/rejoindre/cadre-admin-tech/cadre-technique. Before registering your SAML entity, you must ensure that it complies with the rules and recommendations set out in this document. In particular, shall not be included in this federation : - SAML Entities (identity or service providers) still being tested (registered in the test federation or not) ; - Service providers with a local scope only and that are not intended to be accessible from outside the borders of the organism/institution.
eduGAIN interfederation, run by GEANT, allows interconnexion of SAML entities related to the Education & Research sector in different countries. IdPs from Fédération Education-Recherche are added to eduGAIN by default. SPs from Fédération Education-Recherche may join eduGAIN through this registry. eduGAIN presentation (in French): https://services.renater.fr/federation/documentation/generale/presentation-edugain