Credential providers and identity providers must participate in managed credential acquisition in order to respond to the user's requests to obtain new credentials for an identity or to renew credentials for an existing identity.
There are two major processes that result in managed credential acuqisition. One is the acquisition of credentials, while the other is credential renewal. During a renewal, existing credentials are used to obtain new credentials which expire later than the existing credential. Typically, the identity provider performs the task of obtaining renewed initial credentials while the other credential providers obtain new credentials based on these initial credentials.
When a user initiates the process of initial credential acquisition, Network Identity Manager broadcasts a <KMSG_CRED,KMSG_CRED_NEW_CREDS> message. Credential providers which need to participate in the credential acquisition should respond to this message as detailed in Responding to credential acquisition messages.
Network Identity Manager broadcasts a <KMSG_CRED,KMSG_CRED_RENEW_CREDS> message to initiate the process of renewing credentials. This may be triggered automatically or by a user action. Credential providers which need to participate in the renewal should respond to this message as detailed in Responding to credential acquisition messages.
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