We are upgrading from 6.4 to 8.2 and we have some custom login pages for several clients. I used to be able to do something like this:

if (
(System.Web.Security.Membership.GetUser(usernameBox.Text).IsApproved) &&
(Sitecore.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationManager.Login(usernameBox.Text, passwordBox.Text, false))                
    redirectUrl = Page.Request.Url.GetLeftPart(System.UriPartial.Authority) + "/sitecore/shell/default.aspx";

But if I do that now it sends me to the default Sitecore login page. I know that it logins them in and as long as I don't try to get into the content management part it is fine. It is like they are not getting the right cookie. Do I need to use something besides AuthenticationManager?

  • Where are you suppose to redirect them to? Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 15:13
  • We are sending them to the desktop but I have tried the launchpad too.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 15:23

1 Answer 1


You have redirect user to "/sitecore" instead. You will also need to create the cookie by calling createticket function. Here's a snippet of what should be called after AuthenticationManager.Login.

string ticket = Sitecore.Web.Authentication.TicketManager.CreateTicket(userName, @"/sitecore/shell");
HttpContext current = HttpContext.Current;
if (current != null)
    HttpCookie cookie = new HttpCookie(Sitecore.Web.Authentication.TicketManager.CookieName, ticket)
        HttpOnly = true

Make sure you test item preview and experience editor as you might experience other issues.

  • I tried it with just "/sitecore" but it still sends me to the default Sitecore login page.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:13
  • Are these virtual users or existing sitecore users?
    – josedbaez
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:16
  • They are existing sitecore users.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:19
  • weird. Can you try this function. We had to do it to fix preview, but might help you. Ill update the answer if it fixes it. josedbaez.com/2017/09/sitecore-okta-login/#ticket-function
    – josedbaez
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:20
  • That fixed it. I guessing it doesn't automatically create the tickets anymore.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:49

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