ADFS 2019: Allow logon with sAMAccountName

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Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) allows plenty of customizations when it comes to the website theme.

One specific customization allows the logon using just the sAMAccountName (e.g. awesome-admin) instead of the UPN (User Principal Name) (e.g., by modifying the behavior via a few lines of JavaScript code. However this implementation does not work with ADFS 2019 anymore, as this release ships with a completely new default theme.

I’ve modified the code to work for the latest ADFS2019 theme.
Follow following steps to implement this:

  1. Clone the default template:

    New-AdfsWebTheme –Name custom –SourceName DefaultAdfs2019
  2. Export the new custom theme:

    Export-AdfsWebTheme –Name custom –DirectoryPath c:\theme
  3. Modify onload.js and add following content:

    if (typeof PaginationManager != 'undefined') {
        PaginationManager.validateAndNext = function () {
            var u = new InputUtil();
            var e = new LoginErrors();
            var userName = document.getElementById(Login.userNameInput);
            if (userName.value && !userName.value.match('[@\\\\]')) {
                userName.value = userName.value + ''
            if (!userName.value && !userName.value.match('[@\\\\]')) {
                u.setError(userName, e.userNameFormatError);
                return false;
            if (_self.options.currentPageIndex + 1 >= _self.options.pages.length) {
                // POST back to ADFS since there are no more pages to go to 
                return true;
            } else {
            return true;
  4. Save the modified onload.js command:

    Set-AdfsWebTheme -TargetName custom -OnLoadScriptPath "c:\theme\script\onload.js"
  5. Change the current default template:

    Set-AdfsWebConfig -ActiveThemeName custom

Hope this helps someone!

Patrik Kernstock

May I introduce my self? I am Patrik Kernstock, 25 years old, perfectionist, born in Austria and living in Ireland, Cork. Me explained in short: Tech- and security enthusiast, series & movies junky. Interesting in Linux, Container-stuff and many software solutions by Microsoft, Veeam and VMware.

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