I am using the ArcGIS Javascript API to connect to the arcgis.com portal. To do so I am calling portal.signIn(). The issue is that I don't want the user to be responsible for performing the login, bo I want to generate the REST API token on my server and then use that token from the Javascript API.

Mock code

portal = new esri.arcgis.Portal('http://www.arcgis.com');
dojo.connect(portal, 'onLoad', function() {
    portal.id.token="<server-side writes token here>";


From what I can tell in this sample http://help.arcgis.com/en/webapi/javascript/arcgis/help/jssamples_start.htm#jssamples/widget_identitymanager_client_side.html

I might be able to build my own credentials object to run esri.id.initialize() (which from what I understand is an implementation of esri.IdentityManager). I will try this and report back if it works.

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