FIM best practices : the book

For quite a while there was very little reference regarding good and useful hard copy books on Microsoft Identity Management.

Meaning, you’ll find some very  good public books on AD and Microsoft infrastructure touching MS Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) or Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), not talking about the MOC courses.

Some of the books you certainly should bookmark (or better: buy) are:

– The Active Directory Cookbook (AFAIK, the 3rd edition is the latest, by MVP Laura Hunter)

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 PKI and Certificate Security by fellow MVP Brian Komar

Windows Server 2008 PKI and Certificate Security (Brian Komar)

And Japanese reading IT Pro’s will want to look at this one… (Really need to get learning Japanese…)


A few days ago I got the honor to preview the new book of David Lundell and Brad Turner, both fellow MVP on Identity Manager.

With joint effort they have put together their valuable experiences and expertise, in a book FIM Best Practices Volume 1: Introduction, Architecture And Installation Of Forefront Identity Manager 2010.

Currently you’ll find this in the TOC:

  1. What is Identity Management?
  2. Forefront Identity Manager 2010
  3. FIM Architecture
  4. FIM Installation Topologies
  5. Sizing Your FIM Installation
  6. Installing the Prerequisites
  7. Installing FIM
  8. Updating the FIM Components
  9. Post Install Tasks

When you read the book, you’re realizing that it’s not easy to explain Identity & access management in a nutshell and certainly not discuss the product in a comprehensible way without loosing track.
But David and Brad did a good job on this first volume, by breaking up the information in to digestible pieces. And the great sense of humor makes it nice to read.

It contains a lot of links to in depth information and other extras, like the overview on the current FIM resources. 😉
Which makes it a good reference.

Of course, this is just a start.
With the following suggestions of titles, it looks promising:

  • FIM Best Practices Volume 2: Using Forefront Identity Manager 2010 to Provision, Deprovision, Synchronize and provide Self-Service
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 3: Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Operations and DBA Guide
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 4: Go Codeless — Digging Deep with Advanced Features in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 5: Got Code? Customizing Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 with .NET Code

This first volume is really one for the bookshelf, close at hand.
Really looking forward for more of this!
But it will be a challenge to maintain the high standard, once set!

Keep an eye on David’s blog and B

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rads’s blog for the launch and to get a copy.


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