[EDIT: There has been an important change on the FIM licensing, see here:#FIM2010 licensing model is changing as of 1st of april 2015]
Licensing FIM 2010 seems easy, but it’s not the first time (and probably not the last ) that this kind of discussion with the customer ends with more questions than answers.
- “Why do I need a FIM Client Access License? It did work without before.”
(ILM customers must get used to the CAL based licensing model.)
- ”I only wish to view data in the FIM portal, not changing it.”
- “What if I manage (only) external users with FIM?”
- … and other kind of variations
IMHO, this question on the FIM forum is the key to each customers situation:“As per my scenario, how to license MS FIM 2010 ?”
While looking for information on FIM licensing you must have come across different sources:
- The FIM 2010 Product FAQ, more specific the questions concerning licensing:
- Q. How will Forefront Identity Manager 2010 be licensed?
- Q. How does FIM licensing differ from Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 licensing?
- Q. How much does FIM 2010 cost?
- Brjann Brekkan’s (MS product group FIM 2010) post on the Technet forum: “FIM 2010 (ILM v2) Licensing Model ?”
- FIM 2010 pricing and licensing product page
In short, you had to assemble the information from different places to get specific answers. Or use the Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor. And in ultimate despair, pick up the phone and call Microsoft Licensing department.
Just recently I found out there is a Microsoft FIM 2010 Licensing guide.
In short, you need
– a server license for each server on which FIM components are installed
– a CAL for each user for whom the software issues or manages identity information. (inlc. smart card & digital certs)
– a CAL for administrator using FIM portal & services.
– no CAL needed if you only use the sync service
– no device CALs needed
– you can use ILM 2007 with your FIM license
Besides the licensing methods, the guide also provides some interesting examples which in lots of cases can be mapped to the practical environment for which FIM will provide its services.
The document also explains how the External Connector license (ECL) is related (or not) to the CAL. (Is it “ECL or CAL” or is it “ECL AND CAL” ??)
If you want to read it off-line, download it here.
I wikified this (slightly adapted) post on the MS Technet Wiki > Licensing FIM 2010 , so if you think you’ve interesting stuff to add, please do so. (Thanks Brian for contributing and approving the consistency big time!)
“Contribute boldly, edit gently and assume good intent.”