I have a trusted identity provider which is associated with a claims provider.

Get-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuershows that ClaimProviderName is set to match the custom claims provider.

This appears to be sufficient to give the expected search results when using the claims picker under e.g. site -> People and Groups -> Site Members as followsenter image description here:

However, if I access the people picker under Central Administration (e.g. when managing administrators for a Secure Store target application), I get a different picker, which includes both of the expected results, but additionally shows spurious results for whatever happens to be typed in under the trusted identity provider:

These entries are correct: enter image description here

However, this entry is incorrect - there is no "vogon" user, and the trusted identity provider shouldn't even be showing results directly, since it is associated with a claims provider: enter image description here

How do I get the People Picker in Central Admin to honor the ClaimsProvider association for a trusted identity provider?

  • what is authentication method associated with Central Admin?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 17, 2014 at 13:34
  • @WaqasSarwarMCSE Central Admin is using Windows Authentication (NTLM)
    – Nathan
    Dec 17, 2014 at 14:49
  • We experience the exact same problem and would appreciate some help. Did this ever get solved by you and if so, how?
    – Gerald
    Jul 14, 2015 at 12:08
  • @Gerald Have you installed SharePoint 2013 Service Pack (and run the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard as the second step of applying the update after the updates are installed)?
    – Nathan
    Jul 14, 2015 at 20:55

2 Answers 2


It appears that Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013, or one of the updates after it has fixed this issue.


We patched to Service Pack 1 and CU April 2015 and it does the trick. Thank you very much!

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