I have backoffice functionality that should require Sitecore identity server logins with specific permissions/roles. It is hosted on its own Sitecore-site definition and subdomain, for example backoffice.mainsite.com.
I would like to restrict access to the site, requiring users to log in via Sitecore login.


I have tried the following guide from briancaos which states to:

  • Set requireLogin = "true"
  • Set the loginPage for the site definition

On the backoffice site definition I have set the loginPage property to /identity/login/shell/SitecoreIdentityServer. Furthermore, I have added the subdomain in AllowedCorsOriginsGroup2 in Sitecore.IdentityServer.Host.xml.


When I attempt to access the site I am correctly redirected to the Sitecore login page. So far, so good.
At this point, I have verified that the redirect_uri is pointing to "backoffice.mainsite.com".

From the Sitecore login page I can successfully log in. Upon successful login I am redirected back to backoffice.mainsite.com, which immediately redirects me back to the Sitecore login page.

Back at the Sitecore login page, I have verified that I am indeed logged in:

  • I can see the username in the upper right corner of the page
  • I can successfully navigate to and browse parent.local/sitecore

However, trying to access any page on backoffice.mainsite.com leads me to the Sitecore login page again.

So it seems that while I can successfully log in using the Sitecore login page, I can't actually log in as I cannot access the site. The Sitecore logs do not show any issues.

The site defition is shown below.

  <site name="customerserviceportal" patch:before="site[@name='website']"
        rootPath="/sitecore/content/Customer Service Portal/"
        domain="sitecore" <-- Added
        loginPage="/sitecore/login" <-- Thanks to @AlinaFodor
  <site name="airshoppen-abstract-site-definition"
        loginPage ="/"

Can anyone help?

  • Is your backoffice site domain Extranet (check site definition domain property), and are you logging in Sitecore with an Extranet or Sitecore user? Mar 30, 2021 at 13:34
  • @AlinaFodor The domain is set to "sitecore". I am logging in with the admin user.
    – sgu
    Mar 31, 2021 at 7:24
  • @AlinaFodor I was wrong. The domain was set to "extranet". That said, changing it to "sitecore" did not change anything.
    – sgu
    Mar 31, 2021 at 11:03

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You can try to change your login page, in site definition like so: loginPage="/identity/login/[site name from site definition]/SitecoreIdentityServer" . Then, you need to configure that all your sites need to use Sitecore Identity Server as Identity Provider. Edit \App_Config\Sitecore\Owin.Authentication.IdentityServer\Sitecore.Owin.Authentication.IdentityServer.config Here, you need to uncomment the definition of Identity Provider for all sites, and change it to be Sitecore Identity Server, like so:

<!-- An example that maps a sub-provider of the Identity Server to the sites that are not mapped to the SitecoreIdentityServer. -->
 <mapEntry name="all sites">
          <identityProviders hint="list:AddIdentityProvider">
           <identityProvider ref="federatedAuthentication/identityProviders/identityProvider[@id='SitecoreIdentityServer']" id="SitecoreIdentityServer" />

In same config file, at the bottom, add you site definition login page like so:

<site name="[site name from site definition]" set:loginPage="$(loginPath)[site name from site definition]/SitecoreIdentityServer" />
  • That worked insofar as it allows me to log in. It takes me to the Sitecore Launchpad, however. I have updated the post with the site definition (including your change).
    – sgu
    Mar 31, 2021 at 11:05
  • @sgu to protect a site for visitors and authenticate visitors with Sitecore identity server you need to follow Sitecore documentation: doc.sitecore.com/developers/92/sitecore-experience-manager/en/…. By default Sitecore Identity Server is used for access to backend (context site: shell). Please see above answer updated with required changes Apr 1, 2021 at 8:28
  • Those changes seems to have done the trick. Although I have also added csp.airshoppen.local to AllowedCorsOriginsGroup2 in Sitecore.IdentityServer.Host.xml. I can't figure out if that it required or not.
    – sgu
    Apr 6, 2021 at 9:42

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