TechEd USA sessions starting to show up

The sessions from TechEd this week is starting to show up on Channel 9 in case you want to get a view of what we have talked about so far. Session on AD FS, FIM 2010 R2 and Access Control services are among those available right now. Technical Overview of Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010… Read more

FIM 2010 R2 Community Evaluation Program

  The Community Evaluation Program from the Management and Security team at Microsoft provides IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best… Read more

SAML-P support in Windows Identity Foundation coming

It is our pleasure to announce the availability of the first CTP release of the WIF (Windows Identity Foundation) Extension for the SAML 2.0 Protocol ! We heard your feedback about the necessity to have support for the SAML 2.0 protocol in WIF. Today, we announce an extension to WIF that delivers on that feedback…. Read more

FIM 2010 Updates via RSS Feed

The FIM product team has been really busy responding to different customer requests and identified issues in FIM 2010 which has resulted in a few hotfixes. It is a good practice to make sure you have the latest hotfix to ensure optimal operations and in this case one of the fixes really makes a big… Read more

Identity cloud service released–Windows Azure Appfabric Access Control service

Today at MIX 2011 we announced the new version of ACS that we have been referring to as ACS 2.0 for some time. Great to see the service go live enabling developers to easily incorporate public identity providers as well as corporate AD Federation Services into their applications. Customer facing applications have never been so… Read more

New Article: Understanding FIM Service Partitions

The objective of FIM is to process requests that can be initiated by various FIM clients such as the FIM synchronization service and the self-service components according to your configured business policies. By design, each FIM service instance belongs to a logical group that consists of one or more FIM service instances, which is also… Read more

Identity and Access coming to MMS 2011

Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas , March 21-25, will host breakout sessions and a ask the experts booth on Identity and Access for the first time. I’m very excited to be able to deliver four different sessions during the week that should give attendees a good overall view into the important role IDA plays… Read more

New rollup hotfix package for Forefront Identity Manager released

  The Forefront Identity Manager team has released a new rollup hotfix package (build 4.0.3573.2). The Knowledge Base article ( describes the changes so I’m not going to go through the updates here but one is worth highlighting; this package includes improvements to initial load performance in the FIM MA. This improvements adds new configuration… Read more