Day: Wed 8 Oct 2014

Reviewed for you: The latest #FIM2010 learning on your media player, video course by Kent Nordström

Quite a while ago I had the privilege of reviewing the draft of the latest publication on Enterprise Identity Management with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (R2). It has been published during my vacation, needed to find some time to visit the final version.
And, it’s not a book, but a video.


For the newest generation of FIM experts, this is another interesting means of learning FIM.
(Oh, it’s old fashioned to use plain old paper book, right?)

As quoted on the Packt website : “If you are implementing and managing FIM 2010 R2 in your business, then this video course is for you. You will need to have a basic understanding of Microsoft-based infrastructure using Active Directory. If you are new to Forefront Identity Management, the case-study approach of this video course will help you understand the concepts and implement them quickly and efficiently. Even if you’re well-versed with the technology, this is a great guide to strengthen your knowledge.”

The interesting part of the video is that you can watch it online, or download it.
‘Start to run” is soooo 2007, now it’s “Start to FIM”!

It’s an 2h and 35 minute big pack of 36 videos.
A lot of stuff, but you won’t regret.

Hey, sometimes it’s a nice feeling of control as you can simply make Kent shut up (don’t try that live).
Let me give you a quick peek on the Table of contents:

  1. Installing FIM 2010 R2 on Windows Server 2012
    • Installing SharePoint Foundation 2013 on Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Service Accounts for FIM 2010 R2
    • Configuring SQL Aliases for FIM 2010 R2
    • Installing the FIM 2010 R2 Synchronization Service
    • Installing the FIM 2010 R2 Service and Portal
  2. Basic Configuration of FIM Synchronization and FIM Service
    • Configuring the FIM Service Management Agent
    • Setting Up the Active Directory Management Agent
    • Configuring Run Profiles and Schedules
    • Schema Management in FIM 2010 R2
    • Importing Existing Users from Active Directory
  3. User Management
    • Importing Users from HR
    • Provisioning Users to Active Directory
    • Managing the userAccountControl Attribute in AD
    • Exchange Management Using Built-in FIM Functionality
    • Deleting Users in Active Directory
  4. Group Management
    • Understanding Group Types and Scopes
    • Importing Groups from HR
    • Provisioning Groups to Active Directory
    • Using FIM Portal to Manage Groups
    • Managing Distribution Lists Using the Outlook Add-in
  5. Configuring FIM for Self-service
    • Allowing Users to Access the FIM Portal
    • Configuring Self-service Password Reset
    • Allowing Users to Manage Selected Attributes of Their Account
    • Allowing Helpdesk to Manage Users Using the FIM Portal
  6. Customizing FIM
    • Changing the FIM Portal Look and Feel
    • Adding Custom Workflow Activities
    • Using Classic Rules Extensions
    • Using a PowerShell Management Agent to Manage Lync
  7. Reporting
    • Installing FIM Reporting
    • Running the Initial Data Load
    • Viewing Reports
    • Allowing Managers to Access Reports from FIM Portal
  8. Issuing Smart Cards Using FIM CM
    • Installing FIM CM
    • Configuring FIM CM
    • Configuring CA for FIM CM Usage
    • Allowing a Manager to Issue Certificates for Consultants

I must admit I’ve enjoyed the different videos, Kent is doing an extremely good job!
Speaking experience, I know it’s not an easy job to keep a steady, controlled pace.

Still I think there is room for improvement as I’m missing a session transcript, an overview of the external references (overview of all websites, scripts, … on the net) and a hand-out of the entire session would make the course perfect.

Anyway this is another piece of reference material you should add to your FIM reference package.

If you need to catch up on the published FIM material: bookmark these:

Need some more start material:

[EDIT, 22/oct/2014]
I noticed in the video, Kent is referring to scripts in the course. They are not (yet) available for download.
At the moment of publishing this review Packt is not providing scripts in the video course.However, this will be done for their future courses. You can request the script-zip via Packt support.