IdentityServer with Active Directory or other SSO auth

IdentityServer is well known as a way to easily accomplish single sign on and openauth more simply. However, what if I just want to use IdentityServer for its single sign on/authentication management pieces while ignoring openauth? This isn't as simple as it seems because of the implementation details and lack of documentation surrounding this implementation strategy. Below are the steps I've gathered to make this possible in a Xamarin Forms application.

API endpoint Configuration

First you will need to establish an API endpoint for your Xamarin Forms app to authenticate against. This can be done mostly by following your typical IdentityServer install and setup. The only difference in our particular scenario is that we are adding an implementation of an IResourceOwnerPasswordValidator to intercept login requests before they're redirected to a 3rd party login page. We will call the class ResourceOwnerPasswordValidator.

To hook this class up to be called when accessing the /connect/token endpoint for IdentityServer, you need to go into your setup of IdentityServer, find the builder, set .AddTransient (). Here's an example:

public void SetupService(IServiceCollection services)
    var builder = services.AddIdentityServerBuilder()


Next we will move onto the implementation of IResourceOwnerPasswordValidator. You should be setting a GrantValidationResults on the context.Result to return success/failure to the caller. Here is an example from a project I worked on that authenticates against active directory instead of using 3rd party auth.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Security.Claims;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Data.Library.DB;
using Data.UserDevices.Queries;
using Data.Users.Queries;
using IdentityModel;
using IdentityServer4.Models;
using IdentityServer4.Validation;
using MediatR;

public class ResourceOwnerPasswordValidator : IResourceOwnerPasswordValidator
    public ResourceOwnerPasswordValidator(IMediator mediator)
        _mediator = mediator;

    public async Task ValidateAsync(ResourceOwnerPasswordValidationContext context)
        var userResponse = await _mediator.SendAsync(new GetUserByUsername.Query { Username = context.UserName });
        var validationResult = await ValidateUser(context, userResponse, context.UserName);

        context.Result = validationResult;

    private async Task<GrantValidationResult> ValidateUser(ResourceOwnerPasswordValidationContext context,
        GetUserByUsername.Response userResponse, string username)
        GrantValidationResult validationResult = new GrantValidationResult(TokenRequestErrors.InvalidGrant, "Invalid Grant.");

        if (await IsValidUser(userResponse, username, context.Password))
            if (await CheckActiveDirectory(username, password))
                validationResult = ValidGrantValidationResult(userResponse.User);
                validationResult = new GrantValidationResult(TokenRequestErrors.InvalidGrant, "Invalid Grant.");

        return validationResult;

    private GrantValidationResult ValidGrantValidationResult(User user)
        GrantValidationResult validationResult;
        var claims = GetUsersClaims(user);
        validationResult = new GrantValidationResult(subject: user.UserName, authenticationMethod: "custom",
            claims: claims);
        return validationResult;

    private async Task<bool> CheckActiveDirectory(string username, string password)
        var response = await _mediator.SendAsync(new AdHandler.Query { Username = username, Password = password });
        return response.UserIsValid;

    private List<Claim> GetUsersClaims(User user)
        var claims = new List<Claim>();

        claims.Add(new Claim(JwtClaimTypes.Id, user.Id.ToString()));
        claims.Add(new Claim(JwtClaimTypes.PreferredUserName, user.UserName));
        claims.Add(new Claim(JwtClaimTypes.Email, user.Email));
        claims.Add(new Claim(JwtClaimTypes.Name, user.FullName));

        return claims;

    private readonly IMediator _mediator;

At this point you might be asking yourself: Why bother using IdentityServer at all? The biggest advantages to me are you still have the rest of IdentityServers functionality like normal. The main ones I was going after we're claims support and identifying multiple scopes. In my next post I'll be talking about how you can get Xamarin Froms to authenticate against the setup we just created.