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Set the proxy count to limit the number of proxy layers between the service provider and the authenticating identity provider. Each layer consists of a proxy identity provider.

SAML 2 uses a proxy count to limit how far up and down a chain of providers authentication requests and responses can go. A provider can include a proxy count in the request or response. In the SAP solution, if the message does not include a proxy count, the identity provider inserts the proxy count restriction from the service provider settings for authentication requests. Every provider the message passes through reduces the count by 1 until either the message is resolved or the count reaches 0. A provider that receives a message with a proxy count of 0 rejects the message.


  1. Start SAP NetWeaver Administrator with the quick link /nwa/auth .
  2. Choose Start of the navigation path SAML 2.0 Next navigation step Local Provider End of the navigation path.
  3. Choose the Proxying Settings tab.
  4. Enter a proxy count restriction for the service provider in the Proxy Count (AuthnRequest) field.
  5. Save your entries.