Each broad configuration area is broken down into a series of tasks. Each task consists of a sequence of steps. The tasks and steps appear in the top portion of the screen.

Sample tasks and steps
Sample tasks and steps

In this example, the primary task is managing one or more IdP adapter instances (Manage IdP Adapter Instances). The administrator is working on creating an adapter instance (Create Adapter Instance). The current step is about selecting the type the IdP adapter (Type). The subsequent steps, which the administrator has not yet reached, are grayed out.

The administrator console displays a summary screen at the end of a task, offering the opportunity to review and make changes as needed.

Some steps provide buttons that branch to dependent tasks with multiple steps. When the dependent tasks are complete, the administrative console brings back the originating tasks for the administrators to continue with the rest of the configuration.

For instance, when creating a connection to a partner, the administrator might need to create a new digital signing certificate, which is a common task with its own set of steps. The connection wizard provides a button to open the task of creating a new signing certificate. When the administrator completes the task, the administrative console brings the administrator back to the connection wizard to finish off the configuration of it.

Note that clicking Cancel on any screen discards all new unsaved entries or changes for all steps shown for the current task and returns you to the screen from which you accessed the task.