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“FIM 2010?  Is that a new product?”

In name, yes.  But “FIM has evolved from Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007, which was previously Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003, which originated from Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS).” 

“Wait.. Who are you quoting there?”

I’m quoting Alan Le Marquand and his very informative blog post about the release

“So, FIM 2010 is an identity manager?”

As the name implies.. yep.  Some organizations (you know who you are) have more than one directory of user accounts to manage.  That’s tricky.. creating them for new employees, keeping them in sync, making sure they’re all disabled or deleted in a timely manner if the employee leaves, etc.  And add to that the prospect of managing certificates, or even just the upkeep of employee information.  Wouldn’t it be great if employees had a way to manage some of that information in a self-service way?

So, in a nutshell, FIM 2010 helps you focus more on the higher-level security aspects of your infrastructure, and focus less on managing user identities in those more complex scenarios.

I highly recommend you check out Alan’s post, as it contains links to related TechNet webcasts, Technet Edge videos, and other useful tidbits.