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This Page lays down the step for you as a UAB employee to request for a cheaha account for your collaborator.


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 email from UAB Identity Management <> containing instructions to complete their registration. The email will contain a registration code that will expire in 72 hours!

NOTE: It can take a few hours for the the email notification to be sent to the user.

Request an account on cheaha

Once you have completed the steps 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.