From the Field: FIM Q&A – Mar 12, 2012

Q1: I want to connect FIM to a data source that does not have an in-the-box Management Agent.  What is the process of purchasing an extensible Management Agent from a Microsoft partner?  Will this impact my support with Microsoft?

A1: The FIM 2010 Management Agents from Partners TechNet article lists several partner solutions.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the Management Agents listed on the page then please contact the partner directly.  Microsoft does not act as a broker between you and the partner group.  Microsoft will provide commercially reasonable support through our technical phone support line.

Q2: I am trying to do some expressions in Sets and am receiving an error when I try to save.  What's the deal?

A2: FIM guru Paul Williams' blog explains it best.  Thanks Paul!

Q3: I am trying to create the FIM MA and am receiving "Failed to connect to the specified database. Failed to connect to the specified database or Forefront Identity Management Service. Please check the specified database location, service host address, and account information."

A3: The FIM Service is on port 5725.  In the example above, the FIM Service base address should be:

Q4: I installed FIM 2010 a few months ago.  Today I logged in and tried to start the Synchronization Service Manager and received the error message "There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor."


A4: [Complements of Zoltan Harmath] Check to see if the DependOnService registry entry "MSSQLSERVER" is missing from HKLM\\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FimService.  Thanks Zoltan!


Q5. I am trying to export and receiving "Skipped – Not Precedent" error in the FIM Synchronization Service Manager.  Why do I get this error and how can I solve it?

A5. If the value of an attribute in the MV comes from an MA with a lower precedence than the MA with the export flow, the export will not be processed.

Q6. Does it really rain in Seattle all the time?

A6. Not all the time.  It only feels that way.

Until next time...

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