By now you’ve probably already heared ForeFront Identity Manager 2010 went RTM on March 2nd. FIM 2010 is the successor to ILM, the Identity Lifecycle Manager. FIM is an solution to manage identities and credentials in heterogeneous environments. It contains functionality for user (de)provisioning, password synchronization, group management, self-service and workflow-like applications. So for instance, FIM can enable organizations to automatically create an Active Directory user with an Exchange mailbox with all the proper settings when a new employee has been entered into the HRM system (or disabled or removed when the employee leaves the organization, depending on requirements).
Today Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Service Pack 1 Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 Feature Pack 1. Besides many hotfixes and features already contained in rollups, ILM 2007 FP1 SP1 also supports the long awaited support to provision Exchange Server 2010. The article states the following in relation to provisioning Exchange 2010:
You can use the GALSync management agent or a customized Active Directory management agent to perform provisioning for Exchange Server 2010. To use this feature, the following conditions must be true:
- The ILM 2007 Synchronization service account must be a domain account.
- The ILM 2007 Synchronization server must be joined to a domain. However, the server does not have to be joined to the domain in which the provisioning occurs.
Identity Lifecycle Manager is a metadirectory product and is a successor to the MIIS (Microsoft Identity Integration Server) and MMS (Microsoft Metadirectory Services). MMS was acquired by Microsoft from ZoomIt back in 1999. ILM matches the concept of Identity Management in organizations, where identities (e.g. accounts) exist in many places, e.g. directories and applications. ILM provisions (creation, changes and removed) identities in these directories and applications in their “native format” through agent technology. If you’re interested in ILM check out the Microsoft product page here.