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Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010

Published: 21 September 2010

ID: G00207101

Analyst(s): Kevin Kampman


Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 is the latest in Microsoft's progression of identity administration products. FIM leverages core operating system and network components to manage identity information and credentials, membership, access, and authorization in a heterogeneous enterprise. In this product profile, Senior Analyst Kevin Kampman reviews FIM's architecture, and FIM's features and capabilities, particularly its new user interfaces and workflow functionality. He also identifies platform requirements, describes interactions with other systems, and characterizes FIM's strengths and weaknesses.

Table Of Contents

Bottom-Line Assessment


  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

The Details

  • Architectural Overview
    • The FIM Synchronization Service
    • The FIM Service
    • Security
    • Standards Support
    • Performance, Availability, and Extensibility
  • Product Features
    • Administrator and User Interfaces
    • Workflow
    • Password Management
    • Auditing and Reporting
    • Rules Engines and Repositories
    • Connectors and Data Integration
    • Additional Features
  • Pricing and Packaging
  • Roadmap


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