Microsoft acquires AVIcode Inc. to extend application management to the cloud

Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of AVICode, Inc., a market leader in application performance monitoring and diagnostics of .NET applications and services. AVIcode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft and the technology acquired will be rolled into the System Center family of products over time. As more customers move to cloud-based services, they face…


Identity Lifecycle Manager wins GOLD in Information Security Awards

This month, Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 beat out IBM and RSA for Information Security Magazine’s 5th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, taking first place for the Identity and Access Management category.  Readers gave it solid marks across the board, particularly for ease of use, integration with associated products and comprehensive and flexible reports.  You may already…


Forefront Virtual Event and Deployment Webcasts

There are some great opportunities coming up this month to learn about Forefront solutions. TechNet Simulcast: Forefront Virtual Event   Register for the Forefront Virtual event on June 23rd and 24th to hear from the product team, ask questions and see great technical demos on FEP, FIM, TMG, UAG, FPSP, FPE, FOPE, and ADRMS +…


Issuing information cards with AD FS 2.0: Community Technology Review released

Microsoft has released the Information Card Issuance Community Technical Preview (CTP.)  This will enable IT administrators to easily issue information cards via Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, giving end users a more flexible and secure means of authentication to applications within the enterprise, across company boundaries and into the cloud.  Through this CTP, we hope to…


Microsoft wins awards at the European Identity Conference 2010

From the Microsoft identity blog: In the category “Best Innovation”, the European Identity Award went to Microsoft for U-Prove. The U-Prove technology, which enables minimal disclosure of identity-related information is considered to be a pioneering effort in enhancing online privacy and security, by analyst firm Kuppinger-Cole & Partners. In the category “Best Project”, the University…


"Twitterview" with Dark Reading tomorrow, May 6, 2:30 pm EST

Tomorrow at 2:30 pm Eastern time, tune in via Twitter to see Kelly Higgins of Dark Reading interview  JG Chirapuarth, senior director of the Microsoft Identity and Security Business Group.  You can follow the discussion at either the Dark Reading or Forefront Twitter Account.


The 5 Steps to More Secure Collaboration

Today we released Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint and Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, which makes it a good time to talk about secure business collaboration. It is clear that collaboration drives the modern enterprise.  Sharing documents and applications within the company, from the remote office, with trusted partners and customers, into the cloud, etc….


CionSystems AD backup & recovery

Active Directory is a critical technology for thousands and thousands of organizations, holding literally billions of identities around the world.  Solutions to ensure AD is backed up and  – should there be a breakdown – recoverable are essential to any business continuity strategy.  To that end, CionSystems Inc. has announced the release of CionSystems Active…


Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD team up with FIM

The Microsoft partner ecosystem continues to rally around Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) and Microsoft identity and access management solutions.   For example, Microsoft gold partner Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD Company, which provides software solutions for authorization management and control, announced their partnership to deliver enterprise identity and access governance solutions with FIM.   From their press…


FIM Webcasts!

Don’t miss these webcast opportunities to learn about Forefront Identity Manager 2010. TechNet Webcast: Forefront Identity Manager 2010: Monitoring and Troubleshooting FIM in Production (Level 300) Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 includes rich features across multiple platforms. Troubleshooting FIM requires broad domain knowledge of technologies such as Active Directory, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server,…