Integrating Access Manager with SharePoint server using WS-Federation and Claims based authent.


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The most common approach to integrating Microsoft SharePoint Servers with Access Manager involves accelerating the SharePoint Web Server with the Access Gateway and using Identity Injection or Formfill to single sign on (SSO) users. NetIQ Access Manager (NAM) documentation includes details on how to set this up Whilst this works very well in a number of environments, there are some areas where this SSO may fail. For example, if a user logs into NAM and SSOs to SharePoint 2013 server from a browser, clicks on a doc to modify, another User-Agent (e.g. Microsoft Office App) is launched to edit the file. The new Microsoft User-agent does not share session information with the browser, and the user may need to login a second time to access the file. This typically appears as a nondescript pop-up dialog box prompting the user to login. Under the covers, Microsoft will attempt to perform its own SSO by leveraging Kerberos. When that fails, NTLM is attempted resulting in the nondescript dialog box.

To be able to handle these type of SSO problems when switching between User-agents, it is possible to use a claims-based federation trust between NAM Identity Server as a WS-Federation Claims Provider (also known as the Secure Token Service or STS) for the SharePoint 2013 Server. Almost every SharePoint document describes the need for ADFS when using Claims based federation, but this article will explain how to do this using NAM and SharePoint without ADFS.

A Claims-based identity is based on the user obtaining a security token that is digitally signed by a commonly trusted identity provider, NAM in this case, and contains a set of claims. Each claim represents a specific item of data about the user such as his or her name, group memberships, and role on the network. Claims-based authentication is user authentication that utilizes claims-based identity technologies and infrastructure. SharePoint 2013 supports claims-based authentication, obtaining the security token from the user and using the information within the claims to determine access to resources. No separate query to a directory service like Active Directory is needed or performed by SharePoint.

There are some high level references to how this can be done at, but no real detailed documentation on the steps required. This document will plug that hole and hopefully provide the steps required to get the integration going. We will also try and provide some troubleshooting tips and tools in the case where problems are encountered.

While this paper is written using SharePoint 2013 as the example, the concept is the same for SharePoint 2010.




The following is the sequence of events that will take place when the setup has been completed properly.


    1. User browses to the Team site in the NetIQ Services SharePoint web application. Based on fact that no valid session exists for the user (no valid FedAuth cookie), SharePoint redirects the user's browser to the internal SharePoint STS. This STS handles all authentication requests for SharePoint and is the focal point for claims based authentication.


    1. Since SharePoint is configured to use NAM Identity Server as the trusted login provider, the SharePoint STS redirects the user's browser to the NAM Identity Server.
    2. Assuming User has not already authenticated and therefor has no active session on the NAM Identity server, the user is prompted for his credentials.


    1. The NAM Identity server validates the credentials, creates a token that contains the users claims, and redirects the user back to the SharePoint Secure Token Service (STS) (the "/_trust/" endpoint in the SharePoint web application references the trusted identity token issuer).


    1. The SharePoint STS validates the token from NAM and issues a FedAuth cookie for the NetIQ Share-Point web application. This cookie contains a reference to the token that contains the users claims; the token itself is stored in the SharePoint token cache.


    1. SharePoint checks that the user has adequate permissions to access to the Team site collection, and redirects his browser to that site (the "/_layouts/Authenticate.aspx" endpoint in the SharePoint web ap-plication performs the permissions check). The user can then browse to other SharePoint sites that she/he has permissions for and access without any additional authentication.




There are three major configuring steps needed when integrating Novell Access Manager and SharePoint 2013, and they are:

    1. Exporting the Certificates from both systems


    1. Configuring a WS-Federation trust relationship between the NAM Identity Server and SharePoint 2013. This also includes defining the claim details (attributes and name identifier information) the NAM Identity Server must send SharePoint 2013.


    1. Configure the SharePoint 2013 server to allow claims based authentication from NAM, and grant access to SharePoint resources for users authenticating with claims.

Each of these steps will be described in the sections below.


Export the Certificates from both systems


1. Export the token signing certificate from the Access Manager system

    1. In the Administration Console, click Devices > Identity Servers > Edit > Security


    1. In the Certificate list, select the Signing Certificate.


    1. In the Certificates box, select the certificate.


    1. Click on the Export Pubic Certificate, choose DER File, choose Save File.


    1. Make a note of where the certificate is saved and copy this file to the SharePoint server so that it can be referenced later (In this example the certificate is named nam41sba-signing.der).


    1. Import this signing certificate into IE on the SharePoint server, and then export it in DER format (In this example the certificate is named nam41sba-signing.cer). Theoretically this step should not be needed but during my testing, the SharePoint 2013 server would reject the incoming claims when validating certificates (see Troubleshooting section below).

2. Export the Root (and intermediates if they exist) Certificate, if different from the token signing certificate. In this example this is the configCA certificate.

    1. In the Administration Console, click Devices > Identity Servers > Edit > Security


    1. Select the NIDP Trust Store and select the proper Trusted Root.


    1. Click on Export Public Certificate > DER File > Save File


    1. Make a note of the name and location of the file (in this example the certificate is named nam41sba-tr.der)


    1. Import this trusted root certificate (and intermediate certificates if they exist) into IE on the SharePoint server, and then export it in DER format (In this example the certificate is named nam41sba-tr.cer).

3. Export the Server Certificate from the SharePoint server.

    1. Open IIS Manager by clicking Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.


    1. Select the server in the Connections window and open the Server Certificates.


    1. By default IIS provides an easy option for Administrators to create Self-Signed Certificates - simply click on Create Self-Signed Certificate and entering a friendly name. In my case, I have imported a CA signed certificate and need to manage the server and trusted root certificates.


    1. Export the server AND trusted root certificates by highlighting the proper server/trusted root certificate and clicking View > Details > Copy to File > Next.


    1. When exporting the server certificate, leave the default of No, do not export the private key > Next > Leave the format as DER encoded binary X.509


    1. Give the exported certificates a name and location then click Next > Finish > OK.


    1. Make note of the name and location of the exported certificates as they will be used when configuring the Service Provider in Access Manager.


Configure SharePoint 2013 as a Service Provider on the Access Manager Identity Server


1. Enable the STS and WS Federation Protocols

Access Manager 4.1 only enables SAML 1.1, Liberty, and SAML 2.0 Federation protocols by default. In order to use the WS Federation protocol, you must enable it on the Identity Server. Note that enabling the WS-Federation protocol enables the Secure Token Service (STS), which is used in requests from/responses to the SharePoint Server.

    1. Click the General tab.


    1. In the Enabled Protocols section, select the WS Federation protocols (see highlighted section below)



    1. Click OK.


    1. Update the Identity Server.


    1. Continue with Creating an Attribute Set for WS Federation.

2. Creating an Attribute Set for WS Federation

Claims are really just specifically formatted name/value pairs. NAM uses its Attribute Set feature for this. It allows you to map attribute values from your configured LDAP user store to be sent to SharePoint as claims.

When using WS Federation, you need to decide which attributes you want to share during authentication and map those in an Attribute Set. SharePoint will consume these attributes and determine whether or not the user has permissions to access the Applications/Sites based on this. This scenario uses the LDAP mail attribute and the All Roles attribute (default attributes discussed in most SharePoint documents). To create an Attribute Set to use with WS Federation:

    1. On the Identity Servers page, click Shared Settings.


    1. To create a new attribute set, click New, then fill in the following fields:

      Set Name: Specify a name that identifies the purpose of the set, for example, SP2013-AttrSet.

      Select set to use as template: Select None.


    1. Click Next.


    1. To add a mapping for the mail attribute:

        1. Click New.
        2. Fill in the following fields:

          Local attribute: Select LDAP Attribute:mail [LDAP Attribute Profile].
          Remote attribute: Specify emailAddr. This is the attribute that this scenario uses for user identification.
          Remote namespace: Select the radio button by the text box, then select the following namespace from the dropdown list:

      1. Click OK.

    1. To add a mapping for the All Roles attribute:

        1. Click New.
        2. Fill in the following fields:

          Local attribute: Select All Roles.
          Remote attribute: Specify roles. This is the name of the attribute that is used to share roles.
          Remote namespace: Select the radio button by the text box, then specify the following namespace:

      1. Click OK.


    1. Click Finish. This is what you should see under the 'Mapping' field for the attribute set when complete



    1. Continue with Enabling the Attribute Set.

3. Enabling the Attribute Set

Because the WS Federation protocol uses STS, you must enable the attribute set for STS in order to use it in an WS Federation relationship.

    1. On the Identity Servers page, click Servers > Edit > WS Federation > STS Attribute Sets


    1. Use the blue arrow to move the SP2013-AttrSet attribute set from the Available Attribute sets to the Attribute set list.


    1. Select the SP2013-AttrSet attribute set and use the up-arrow to make it first in the Attribute set list.



    1. Click OK, then update the Identity Server.

4. Creating a WS Federation Service Provider

A federation trust must be established between NAM and SharePoint where NAM is the Identity Provider and SharePoint is the Service Provider (a.k.a. Relying Party). The trust relationship allows the Service Provider to trust the Identity Server for user authentication credentials. This requires configuration on both NAM and SharePoint Server sides. Here we will configure NAM to define the SharePoint server as a Service Provider.

To create a Service Provider configuration on NAM:

    1. On the Identity Servers page, click Edit > WS Federation.


    1. Click New > Service Provider, then fill in the following fields:

      Name: Specify a name that identifies the service provider, such as sp2013.

      Provider ID: Specify the provider ID of the SharePoint server. This corresponds to the realm configured on the SharePoint server, and will be visible in incoming authentication requests from the SharePoint Server to NAM Identity Server. The example value is urn:SharePoint:portal but this can be any logical string. The key is that it is unique to this trust relationship e.g. if NAM is providing claims to multiple SharePoint environments, each SharePoint realm must be unique.

      Sign-on URL: Specify the URL that the user is redirected to after login. The example value is This corresponds to the Web Application that I have setup on SharePoint for this test.

      Logout URL: (Optional) Specify the URL that the user can use for logging out. The default value is

      Service Provider: Specify the path to the signing certificate exported from the SharePoint server (see "Export the Certificates from both systems" above)

    1. Click Next, confirm the certificate, then click Finish.


    1. Continue with Configuring the Name Identifier Format.

5. Configuring the Name Identifier Format

The Unspecified Name Identifier format is the default for a newly created WS Federation service provider, but this name identifier format doesn't work with the SharePoint 2013 server and must be changed. Additionally, the roles Claims must be satisfied in order to gain access to the SharePoint server.

    1. On the WS Federation page, click the name of the sp2013 service provider.


    1. Click Attributes, then fill in the following fields:

      Attribute set: Select the WS Federation attribute set you created.

      Send with authentication: Using the blue arrow, move the All Roles and Ldap Attribute:mail attributes from the 'Available' to the 'Send with authentication' list.



    1. Click Apply, then click Authentication Response.


    1. Select E-mail for the Name Identifier Format.


    1. Select LDAP Attribute:mail [LDAP Attribute Profile] as the value for the e-mail identifier.



    1. Click OK twice, then update the Identity Server.


    1. Continue with Setting Up Roles for SharePoint Claims.

6. Setting Up Roles for SharePoint Claims

When users access resources on the SharePoint server, they are able to have different levels of access based on the roles assigned to them in Access Manager.

Roles in NAM are assigned to users through a role policy defined on the NAM Identity Server that contains a set of rules that when true "activates" the role for any user that meets these rules. Recall that the NAM Attribute Set example was configured to send "All Roles" as a claim so any role that activate will be sent to SharePoint as a claim.

The role policy defined in the example below is a very simple one that will evaluate true for all users that are able to successfully authenticate to NAM. Once you get your configuration working, you can experiment with more complex roles to provide Role Based Access Control for your SharePoint server.

    1. On the Identity Servers page, click Edit > Roles > Manage Policies.


    1. Click New, specify a name for the policy, select Identity Server: Roles, then click OK.


    1. On the Rule 1 page, leave Condition Group 1 blank.

      With no conditions to match, this rule matches all authenticated users.

    2. In the Actions section, click New > Activate Role.


    1. In the text box, specify SharePointReader.



    1. Click OK twice, then click Apply Changes.


    1. Click Close.


    1. On the Roles page, select the role policy you just created, then click Enable. A common mistake is to create the user and forget to enable it, so make sure this task is completed.


    1. Click OK, then update the Identity Server.


    1. Continue with Importing the SharePoint Signing Certificate into the NIDP-Truststore.

7. Importing the SharePoint Server Signing Certificate into the NIDP-Truststore

The NetIQ Identity Provider (NIDP) must have the trusted root of the SharePoint signing certificate (or the certificate itself in the case of self signed certificates) listed in its Trust Store. This is because the SharePoint signing certificate is validated by the NAM Identity server at initialization time, and this validation process must validate the issuer of the signing cert (or chain of certificates up to the root). Most SharePoint signing certificates (including the one in our example) are part of a certificate chain, and the certificate that goes into the metadata is not the same as the intermediate or trusted root of that certificate.

To import the SharePoint signing certificate's trusted root (or the certificate itself) into the NIDP-Truststore:

    1. On the Identity Servers page, click Edit > Security > NIDP Trust Store.


    1. Click import


    1. Add a logical name for the SharePoint trusted root eg. Sp2013-tr


    1. Select Certificate data file > browse and browse to the previously exported SharePoint trusted root certificate (see "Export the Certificates from both systems" above), and click ok


    1. On the Select Trusted Roots page, select the SharePoint trusted root certificate that you just imported, then click Add Trusted Roots to Trust Stores.

      NOTE: This option does not exist with the NAM appliance as all components (IDP, ESP, AG) share the same keystore and truststores.


    1. Next to the Trust store(s) field, click the Select Keystore icon.


    1. Select the IDP trust stores where you want to add the trusted root certificate, then click OK twice.



    1. Update the Identity Server so that the changes can take effect.

This finishes the configuration that must be done on the Identity Server for the Identity Server to trust the SharePoint server. To complete our federation trust, the SharePoint server must now be configured to trust the Identity Server.


Configure the SharePoint server to allow claims based authentication from NAM


Almost all the claims based federation setup is done via Powershell command, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 is a prerequisite for installing SharePoint 2013. The following section describes each step in the process, as well as some tools to validate the configuration applied.

1. Create the NAM IDP STS that SharePoint will have a trust relationship with

    1. Copy the certificates that were exported from the NAM Admin Console to the SharePoint server.
      In this example there are two certificates that we exported in the section "Export the Certificates from both systems" above. In my case I have the following:

      c:\users\administrator.neil\downloads\nam41sba-tr.cer - this is the trusted root certificates.
      c:\users\administrator.neil\downloads\nam41sba-signing.cer - this is the token signing certificate.


    1. Add the NAM IDP trusted root certificate to the SharePoint server list of trusted root authorities using PowerShell with this script:

      $root = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2("c:\users\administrator.neil\downloads\nam41sba-tr.cer")
      New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name "Token Signing Cert Parent" -Certificate $root

      Create the cert parameter (to be used later) using the NAM IDP server signing certificate

      $cert = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2("c:\users\administrator.neil\downloads\nam41sba-signing.cer")


    1. Next the claims need to be mapped. In this example the incoming claims are the remote attribute names that were defined in the NAM attribute set. The names defined were "emailaddr" and "roles" and they were both appended to the and namespaces respectively. The name and case must match the name in the attribute mapping - this must be done to avoid hours of troubleshooting! The following script will define the claims in SharePoint:

      $map1 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "Role" -SameAsIncoming
      $map2 = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "EmailAddress" -SameAsIncoming


    1. Next the realm needs to be defined. The realm defined here must match the provider ID entered when defining the Service Provider in Access Manager. In this example the realm used is "urn:SharePoint:portal" and is defined in PowerShell with the following script:

      $realm = "urn:SharePoint:portal"


    1. When a user accesses SharePoint with claims based authentication enabled and needs a claim to get authenticated and authorized, they need to send a request to NAM IDP server to generate the claim. SharePoint must be notified of the URL on NAM to send the authentication request and this is done via the following parameter:

      $signinurl =


    1. Now the custom IP-STS can be assigned in PowerShell. The following script will make the definition. The -Name option is the display name that will be used in SharePoint to assign the identity provider (available in SharePoint UI later on), in this example it is "NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP".

      $ap = New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer -Name "NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP" -Description "NAM41 WSFED Federated Server" -Realm $realm -ImportTrustCertificate $cert -ClaimsMappings $map1, $map2 -SignInUrl $signinurl -IdentifierClaim $map2.InputClaimType

2. Create or modify a SharePoint Application to use the claims based authentication

The following focusses on configuring a SharePoint Application for claims based authentication. It assumes that the reader knows how to create a SharePoint Application and site and provides no details on how to. If you are looking for this information, there are many web sites out that have extensive documentation on how to do this eg.

    1. If the SharePoint Application that you are going to use for Access Manager claims based authentication does not exist, create it now (I created an Application called sp2013). The application must be a secure application that uses SSL.

      If this is a new application you may have to assign the server certificate to the Web Site binding in IIS (make sure that it is the server cert that we imported into NAM in the earlier section)

      You will also need to create a Site Collection for this application if one does not already exist.

      When the application is created as a secure application it creates the /_trust directory that is defined in Access Manager as the Service Provider's login directory. This is the URL the NAM IDP server will send the claim when the users credentials are validated successfully.


    1. Open SharePoint Central Administration and go to Manage Web Applications > Application Name (sp2013 in our case) and select Authentication Providers.



    1. Select the Trusted Identity provider option and select the claim based authentication provider. I have a single authentication providers zone and selected this default. Scroll down to the Trusted Identity Provider section and enable the NAM Identity provider NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP.



    1. Assuming that SharePoint can consume the claim we sent, the user will be authenticated but that does not determine what the user is authorized to access. SharePoint site collection administrators can control access to site collections and sites based on role memberships. For example, only users with the Sales role should have access to the SalesPortal web application.

      To use the claims in SharePoint you must map the incoming claim to a SharePoint Application. In this example we will map the SharePointReader role from Access Manager to the SP2013 Application in SharePoint. To make this assignment:

        1. Log in to the SharePoint site that was configured to use the NAM IDP above as a user with administrative privileges.

        1. Click Site Actions > Site Settings > People and Groups > [site] SP2013 Neil-TeamSite Visitors > New

        1. Type in the name of the Access Manager claim that you would like to map to this SharePoint group in the Find box. In this example we will use "SharePointReader". Once entered, you will see two claim based entries (as shown in the diagram below)

            1. NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP entry with EmailAddress and

          1. NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP entry with Roles as options

        1. Note that you could also grant permissions for all Users Authenticating via NAM at this point by typing in NAM41SBA and selecting the option 'All Users (NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP)'. This corresponds to the display name (-Name Powershell parameter) assigned to the NAM IDP server on the SharePoint Server configuration.


      1. Highlight the role in the Trusted box and click the Add button to enter it on the Add line, then click OK > OK.


    1. Select the permissions you want users with these roles to have. In my case I gave full permissions but it is possible to setup different permissions groups to restrict access to certain operations e.g. allow read only permissions.

      You can check what permissions you have to each by logging in as the Admin user for the site, going to Site Settings > Site Permissions > Select the site (SP2013-Neil-TeamSite Visitors in my example) and clicking Check Permissions. This will bring up the field below, where one can add the NAM role sent across to verify what permissions exist on the site.



Testing the Solution:


Before testing the solution, it's important to configure the browser to trust the site that you are going to. There are occasions when you open files from your SharePoint site and are asked to authenticate again. If you enter the right credentials, you can get to the page but it's annoying having to do that after you have already authenticated to the NAM Identity Server and SSOd to the SharePoint Server. To avoid this, the SharePoint site(s) must be added to the Local Intranet zone or the trusted sites zone on the IE client browser.

    1. Bring up a browser and access the SharePoint site you created ( and confirm that you are redirected to the NAM IDP server login page. The URL on the IDP login page will reflect that this is a WS-Federation login request (see highlighted URL)


      Browser HTTP headers trace will confirm that a ws-federation login request is sent to NAM by SharePoint (via a browser redirect) - in the case above, the full request URL to the NAM IDP server looked as follows:

      The wa parameter includes the signin1.0, indicating a login request; the wtrealm parameter defines the SharePoint realm we have a trust relationship with, and the wctx is the target URL we need to go back to after successfully authenticating. Assuming that we successfully have a trust relationship with the SharePoint server, the user will get prompted for his/her credentials.


  1. After logging in, the IDP server validates the credentials before generating and POSTing the claim back to SharePoint claim URL ( Assuming that the claim is validated correctly, and user has permissions to access the site, then the SharePoint site is rendered with the users login name on the top right hand corner. The users email address is displayed in the screenshot below, but this is because we are sending the emailaddr attribute, which SharePoint expects.


    In our setup, the following parameters were POSTed to the SharePoint server (removed cert related info) - the wa and wctx parameters will match that of the login request, but the wresult parameter includes the claim (RequestSecurityTokenResponse). Note the AttributeStatement and Subject NameIdentifier tags include what we defined on the NAM IDP authentication response and attribute fields.

    <saml:Assertion xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.0:assertion" AssertionID="idsfUKwa6e6SB0DxHqb3t9NGpD6as" IssueInstant="2015-09-11T11:41:53Z" Issuer="" MajorVersion="1" MinorVersion="1">
    <saml:Conditions NotBefore="2015-09-11T11:26:53Z" NotOnOrAfter="2015-09-11T11:56:53Z">
    <saml:AuthenticationStatement AuthenticationInstant="2015-09-11T11:41:53Z" AuthenticationMethod="secure/name/password/uri">
    <saml:NameIdentifier Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress"></saml:NameIdentifier>
    <saml:NameIdentifier Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress"></saml:NameIdentifier>
    <saml:Attribute AttributeName="emailaddr" AttributeNamespace="">
    <saml:Attribute AttributeName="role" AttributeNamespace="">




Detailed troubleshooting steps are not part of this document, but the key log files to look at and tips are outlined. We will cover both the NAM and SharePoint sides.

1. NAM Identity Server:

From the NAM side, make sure that IDP logging is enabled and that Application, WS-Federation, Web Service Provider and Web Service Consumer components are set to DEBUG. Once done

    • Verify that the SharePoint trusted provider has initialized without any errors. You must confirm that you see the "Loaded Trusted Provider" string matching the SharePoint domain as shown below. If you do not see this, you will never get the IDP login page and check for exceptions in the catalina log files. More often than not, the exceptions will be related to certificate validation where the trusted root or chain cannot be validated

      <amLogEntry> 2015-09-11T10:07:52Z INFO NIDS Application: AM#500105038: AMDEVICEID#C136F71C6489AD8E:  Loaded trusted provider urn:SharePoint:portal of protocol WSFederation </amLogEntry>


    • Verify that you see the incoming authentication request from SharePoint to /nidp/wsfed/ep and that the query string wtrealm parameter matches the realm you have defined on the IDP server

      <amLogEntry> 2015-09-11T10:19:02Z DEBUG NIDS Application:
      Method: NIDPProxyableServlet.myDoGetWithProxy
      Thread: ajp-bio-
      ****** HttpServletRequest Information:
      Method: GET
      Scheme: https
      Context Path: /nidp
      Servlet Path: /wsfed
      Query String: wa=wsignin1.0&wtrealm=urn:SharePoint:portal&wctx=
      Path Info: /ep


  • Make sure that you see the claim (RequestedSecurityToken) in the catalina log file. Note that the Attribute values are masked for security reasons, and the only way to view the values of the attributes to confirm that are valid is to look at the HTTP header trace on the browser eg. Using Fiddler or an equivalent tool.

    <amLogEntry> 2015-09-11T10:19:08Z DEBUG NIDS STS:
    Method: SAMLTokenGeneratorHandler.A
    Thread: ajp-bio-
    <wst:RequestedSecurityToken xmlns:wst="">
    <saml:Assertion AssertionID="idaMAN3AckYCbKvPG5jpJV1AOsfVQ" IssueInstant="2015-09-11T10:19:08Z" Issuer="http
    s://" MajorVersion="1" MinorVersion="1" xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.0
    <saml:Conditions NotBefore="2015-09-11T10:04:08Z" NotOnOrAfter="2015-09-11T10:34:08Z">
    <saml:AuthenticationStatement AuthenticationInstant="2015-09-11T10:19:08Z" AuthenticationMethod="secure/n

2. SharePoint 2013 Server:

SharePoint relies on IIS running correctly, and a good test before enabling Claim based authentication on your SharePoint 2013 server is to enable local (NTLM or basic) logins. Assuming that you can login as a local user without issues, you can be sure that the IIS and basic SharePoint server is setup correctly. Once this is done, the following checks can be performed:

    • Check event logs on the SP server for initialization issues, or problems consuming the claim. An example of a problem that caused me to lose a lot of time was the following event log entry:

      Exception information: 
      Exception type: SecurityTokenValidationException
      Exception message: ID4220: The SAML Assertion is either not signed or the signature's KeyIdentifier cannot be resolved to a SecurityToken. Ensure that the appropriate issuer tokens are present on the token resolver. To handle advanced token reso-lution requirements, extend Saml11TokenSerializer and override ReadToken.
      at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.Saml11.Saml11SecurityTokenHandler.ValidateToken(SecurityToken token)
      at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.SecurityTokenHandlerCollection.ValidateToken(SecurityToken token)
      at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.TokenReceiver.AuthenticateToken(SecurityToken token, Boolean ensureBearerToken, String endpointUri)
      at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.SignInWithResponseMessage(HttpRequest request)
      at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.OnAuthenticateRequest(Object sender, EventArgs args)
      at Microsoft.SharePoint.IdentityModel.SPFederationAuthenticationModule.OnAuthenticateRequest(Object sender, EventArgs eventArgs)
      at System.Web.HttpApplication.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
      at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)

      The message is clear - the NAM IDP certificate used to sign the claim was not imported into the SharePoint configuration. However, I had done this several times. In the end, I solved the issue by exporting the DER encoded signing cert and trusted roots from NAM, import them into IE and export as DER encoded format? Does not make sense but it worked.


  • Event logs tend to be general in nature - if you need more specifics in terms of SharePoint, enable debug switches for SharePoint authentication as per
    If set in verbose mode, all SharePoint claim based operations are logged to C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\LOGS\ by default. An example entry that helped debug an issue is the following:

    Claims Authentication
    eu2n Monitorable Trusted login provider 'NAM41SBA-WSFED-IDP' is not sending configured input identity claim type ''. 88532c9d-526f-f05b-24d0-97a63858d48e

    It turns out that the NAM IDP was configured to send the emailaddress attribute within the claim, yet my SharePoint Server was setup to expect the emailaddr attribute. The message allowed me to narrow down the problem. It can also act as an educational tool as you can see the entire processing if the incoming claim, including the various checks being carried out.


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