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This page describes the process for a UAB employee to request for a Cheaha account for an external collaborator (i.e. a person who does not have a UAB BlazerID).


Create XIAS Account

XIAS Accounts, or external access account. allows UAB employees to sponsor external collaborators to utilize some of the UAB resources for which the user has been granted access. Creating XIAS account is a self-service interface which allows you to sponsor and create an account for your collaborator at XIAS website.

For additional information, see the XIAS help page.

Going through the sponsorship process, you are stating that you know the individual(s) and are responsible for their actions while they are using the XIAS accounts.

Create a site

The XIAS website has two options on the left-hand panel: Manage Projects/Sites and Manage Users.

  • Choose Manage Projects/sites
  • Click New to create a new site
  • Fill in all the information i.e. Short Description, Long Description, Start date and End date
    • End date is the expiration date for the site, the users added in the next section cannot have an expiration date beyond the sites End date. The dates should be in the format YYYY-MM-DD
    • URIs are the resources that the sponsored users should have access to. If the resources are applications or servers then the manager of that resource must do what is necessary within that resource to authorize the external users to gain access. Add the following for Cheaha access:
  • Click on Add button to create the site

Create a user

Once the new site has been created:

  • Click Manage Users. from the left hand panel
  • In the drop-down select your XIAS site
  • Click the Register button to add new users
    • Enter an end date for the new site user(s) in the format YYYY-MM-DD. The date cannot extend past the site's end date!
    • Enter the collaborator's email address in the box under the end date. You can add multiple users by putting each on a separate line.


Inform the collaborator(s) to expect an emails from the following addresses containing instructions:

They will need to complete the process within 72 hours of receipt of the email(s)!

Request an account on Cheaha

Once the steps above have been completed of adding/sponsoring XIAS account for your collaborator, send us an email on with information about the collaborator. Please don't forget to include their PrimaryID and email address which you used to create their XIAS account, as it would become their Username on Cheaha.

UAB VPN Access

If the collaborators will need to access UAB VPN, you will need to add the following to your projects URIs list:

The account used to login to UAB VPN uses a different format than their email address. This can be found by going to Manage Users, select your Project Site and click List. The VPN account names are listed under the column AD account and will use the syntax XXXX-XXXXX-X', ex: xias-jdoe-3.

UAB 2 Factor Authentication (2FA)

UAB VPN now requires the use of UAB 2FA (provided by Duo). The collaborator will need to call AskIT at (205) 996-5555 to register a device for Duo before they'll be able to connect to VPN.

After they've been registered with Duo, the collaborator will need to install the Cisco VPN client: [1]

Once installed, they'll launch Cisco AnyConnect and enter in the field and click Connect. Their user name / account will be the previously mentioned XXXX-XXXXX-X' format, not their email address (they should have received an email with this account ID.