First let me start by saying I feel like this is an easy question, but I am beating my head against the wall on it.

I am trying to get SharePoint 2013 to accept claims from another organization's ADFS environment. So far I have done the following (names replaced where appropriate):

$cert = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2("partnersts.cer")
New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name "Partner ADFS Signing Certificate" -Certificate $cert
$emailClaimMap = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "http://sts.company.org/user/EmailAddress" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "EmailAddress" -SameAsIncoming
$fnClaimMap = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "http://sts.company.org/user/FirstName" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "FirstName" -SameAsIncoming
$lnClaimMap = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "http://sts.company.org/user/LastName" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "LastName" -SameAsIncoming
$groupClaimMap = New-SPClaimTypeMapping -IncomingClaimType "http://sts.company.org/user/Group" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "Group" -SameAsIncoming
$realm = "https://our.local.sharepoint"
$signInURL = "https://sts.company.com/adfs/ls"
$ap = New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer -Name "Partner ADFS" -Description "Partner Corporate ADFS Provider"  -realm $realm -ImportTrustCertificate $cert -ClaimsMappings $emailClaimMap,$fnClaimMap,$lnClaimMap,$groupClaimMap -SignInUrl $signInURL -IdentifierClaim $emailClaimmap.InputClaimType

Everything looks fine when I Get-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer and Get-SPTrustedRootAuthority, and I have confirmed through network capture that the certificate matches the certificate being used by the remote provider in the SAML response and that the list of claims supplied matches the list I have mapped. Also the realm, while not urn:something, is what is being used by the partner and is visible in the SAML response, so that's not the issue. (We had the wrong at first and the error is different in that case anyway.)

However I am getting what apparently is a common message when I try to use the provider:

System.IdentityModel.Tokens.SecurityTokenException: The issuer of the token is not a trusted issuer.   
 at Microsoft.SharePoint.IdentityModel.SPLocalIssuerNameRegistry.GetIssuerName(SecurityToken securityToken)    
 at Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.Saml11.Saml11SecurityTokenHandler.CreateClaims(SamlSecurityToken samlSecurityToken)    
 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)

I know it's not the same issue as The Token Issuer is not a trusted issuer because there's no issue with importing the certificate.

I feel like I'm close but there's something I'm missing. There are a million walkthroughs online including the official one at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh305235(v=office.15) but they are just not getting me there. There's a lot of web hits on the specific error message but so far I don't see any that answer this in my case.

2 Answers 2


I've come across this error before, it was because the ADFS server was not configured correctly. When configuring the relying party in ADFS - for SharePoint - you have to add "/_trust" to the "WS-Federation Passive protocol URL" field. See step 11 in this guide.

Steve Peschka also mentions it on his blog:


Hope that helps...

  • I saw this post, but since I don't have control over the remote ADFS endpoint there wasn't much I could do with it. I'll reach out to the other side and see if they have this set. Jan 15, 2013 at 13:08
  • I contacted the remote side and they changed the configuration. That was indeed the issue. Jan 23, 2013 at 18:23

Did you check the certificate chain. When you look at the certificate properties, you can see if there are any root certificates that need to be imported as well in the SharePoint certificate store.

Hope it helps

  • I did not show above, but I added each parent in the chain through New-SPTrustedRootAuthority. Is there another store I need to worry about? I saw mentions of the SharePoint folder in the machine store, but none of the ones I added through PowerShell are there, only the ones SP made for itself. Jan 14, 2013 at 22:25

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