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  • Blog Post: Introducing Hierarchical Provisioning

    Yesterday I was eating my bowl of Frosted Miniwheats (by Kellogg) for dinner and out fell a coupon for another free box of Miniwheats. “Oh hot lam!” I exclaimed to myself. I had totally not seen the offer stamped on the front of the box for a free box of Miniwheats when I had purchased the jumbo, bachelor...
  • Blog Post: XPath Filter Dialect: Examples

    The product team and I just wrapped up our week at the TechReady event in Seattle. Bobby presented an excellent session on codeless provisioning, focusing on configuration and tips and tricks, and I presented a session on workflow and activity extensibility in ILM "2". We also had the opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: One DRE and a large shake to go...

    For those of you who have used ILM "2" Beta 3, you have probably used in some form the new codeless provisioning functionality included within it. There is a ton of functionality encapsulated within this one area, and one of the less-talked about and centrally important pieces of this functionality is...
  • Blog Post: ILM "2" also comes as a hybrid...

    For those of you who are MIIS / ILM 2007 pros, when seeing the Codeless Provisioning functionality one of the first questions that comes to mind is "can I use my existing rules extension in ILM "2"?". Of course. At a basic level, with ILM "2" RC, you can take an existing ILM 2007 deployment and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” Release Candidate

    We're back! Today we have a guest blogger to announce the Release Candidate for ILM "2": I’m Lori Craw, group product manager covering identity and security at Microsoft. Today I am pleased to announce the exciting news that the Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” Release Candidate (RC) is now available...
  • Blog Post: Farewell!

    As a lot of you may already know, after 4 years of working on MIIS / ILM / FIM I've decided to leave Microsoft. No, I'm not being fired, nor am I jumping ship to a competitor :) Rather I am leaving Microsoft to pursue a MBA at Columbia starting this fall. If I have one hope is it that you have found...
  • Blog Post: Dependencies - not just for avoiding taxes!

    What's our name again? Whoa, new product name! For those of you who have been chasing butterflies for the past month, what was once known to us as Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" is now called Forefront Identity Manager. I know, it's not the sexiest name in the world and is probably the 5th different...
  • Blog Post: Extending ILM "2" to manage and provision computer objects

    One topic for ILM “2” that came up repeatedly at TechEd IT Pro North America this year was extensibility. Specifically, many customers asked how the system can be configured to manage an arbitrary resource, enabling them to apply policies to and provision any resource they care about. To demonstrate...
  • Blog Post: Custom expressions in advanced attribute flows

    If you are at the point where you're comfortable with using the functions and various options in attribute flow creation, I'd like to introduce you to a really cool feature to add some efficiency and extra capabilities to your attribute flow creation: Custom Expressions. The synchronization rule designer...
  • Blog Post: How to make ILM "2" scream.

    One of the big features of ILM "2" RC are the changes we have made to the portal and server to enable ILM to scale higher. In the portal and in the ILM service we've tuned, and jiggered with the way we interact with SQL and on the wire to make the ILM experience faster and snappier. Out of this, we've...