#MIM2016 Troubleshooting: Uninstall fails with error – Administrator privileges are required to run installer. Please re-launch installer with administrator privileges.

I’ve got a new post up on TechNet Wiki about MIM2016 troubleshooting:

Full version at the TNWIKI: MIM2016/FIM2010 Troubleshooting: Uninstall fails with error – Administrator privileges required

Feel free to add useful information yourself, I’m looking forward to your feedback and cooperation to make it better.

The short version is below.

Rikard Strand Jump has published a similar article, which has served as baseline for this article. Rik’s article is focussed on DirSync, but the troubleshooting below is more widely applicable and even programs not related to FIM/MIM/DirSync…

When you try to uninstall or to change the component from the Control Panel > Programs (Uninstall a program), you get a error pop up, saying:

Administrator privileges are required to run installer. Please re-launch installer with administrator privileges.
There are some troubleshooting steps, including running the Control Panel in administrator mode.
If that doesn’t work, you need to find the uninstaller info in the registry and run the msiexec command with the uninstaller info.
Open the registry editor and navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\

In this directory you’ll find the installed programs with their GUID, which is mostly fixed per application.

Eg

  • MIM 2016: {5A7CB0A3-7AA2-4F40-8899-02B83694085F}
  • DirSync/AADConnect: {C9139DEA-F758-4177-8E0F-AA5B09628136}

And finally, the quick and dirty option is to kill the uninstall registry key before your run the uninstall from the control panel again

In case of MIM2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{5A7CB0A3-7AA2-4F40-8899-02B83694085F}
You know the usual warning: I didn’t tell you to delete the registry key.
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Note-to-self: Got #MIM2016 product feedback, feature wish list? aka.ms/mimfeedback

Very short note-to-myself (#memory-function-on)…

David Steadman, respected @fimguy, now  @TheMIMGuy posted an interesting poke…

So, got any constructive suggestion, move over to that feedback page at:https://aka.ms/mimfeedback

#FIM2010 & #MIM2016 Error 25009 fun stuff on #TNWiki

For the FIM Geeks, I’ve submitted some new FIM/MIM 25009 event troubleshooting articles on TechNet Wiki (http://aka.ms/Wiki)

Plus, a page the collects all the 25009 trroubleshooting resources, including lots of fun stuff of Tim Macauly.

If you got more of this 25009 fun stuff yourself, feel free to add your articles and add them to the collection page.

A hotfix rollup package (build 4.1.3765.0) is available for #FIM2010

Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3171318

 

Issues that are fixed and features that are added in this update

This update fixes the following issues and adds the following features that were not previously documented in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

FIM Certificate Management

  • Issue 1 A smart card search takes 3.5 minutes on an idle server. Additionally, the search never ends if the server is stressed.
  • Issue 2 The Duplicate Revocation Settings policy is replaced because some users could not set it.
  • Issue 3 There is a redundant space in the “Profile Summary” string on the Request Complete page for some languages.

FIM Synchronization Service

  • Issue 1 In a metaverse search and when you view the object, there is a Last Modified field. But when you sort that field, it sorts as a generic text field instead of as a date field.
  • Issue 2 Error messages (such as Event ID 6313) are logged in the event log. Additionally, performance counters don’t work.
  • Issue 3 The Sync Service crashes when you run a Full Synchronization process that has Equal Precedence set for attributes that exist in IAF or EAF.
  • Issue 4 When an incorrect page size (either less than the minimum or more than the maximum) is used for the run profile of the ECMA2 management agent, the size value quietly changes to the minimum or the maximum after you click Finish.
  • Issue 5 An error message from the Management Agent cannot be parsed if it contains some special symbols. Therefore, the error message doesn’t appear in the error list as expected, and a non-informative error window appears.
  • Issue 6 You receive a “Reference to undeclared entity ‘qt'” error message when you run the history process and the history text contains the “greater than” symbol (>).
  • Issue 7 Under certain conditions, the file selection dialog box does not appear on the MA configuration wizard pages.
  • Issue 8 A “MEMORY_ALLOCATION_FAILURE” error occurs in the Performance Monitoring tool when the performance data .dll file cannot open the process.

FIM Portal

  • Issue 1 Multivalued labels are displayed incorrectly in a single line in the UI.

FIM Service

  • Issue 1 During an Export process between the Synchronization and FIM Service, the msidmCompositeType request may fail if some multivalued string attribute value is changed in the scope of the Export session. This behavior affects performance.
  • Issue 2 In SharePoint Server 2013 and later versions, if you change a workflow or update an email template by using the FIM Portal, the version is automatically updated to 4.0.0.0. This causes a system error message during processing.

BHOLD

  • Issue 1 When you add a user to an organizational unit (OU) that has some incompatible permissions in the OUs role, all the incompatible permissions are assigned.
  • Issue 2 Some issues are fixed for attribute-based authorization (ABA) roles that are assigned to a user when the roles have incompatible permissions.
  • Issue 3 When you use the Access Management Connector to provision new OUs with a parent OU, all the parent OU roles are inherited but are also disabled.
  • Issue 4 An error occurs in BHOLD during installation in Internet Information Services (IIS) 10.
  • Issue 5 If two or more roles assigned to a user who has the same permissions as the roles, and the roles use the endDate attribute, you cannot extract a user permission that has the latest date.
  • Issue 6 An email alias is truncated if it is longer than 30 characters.

#FIM2010 / #MIM2016 not so dead, and what you didn’t hear.

What seemed to be a small note on a MPN blog, landed on LinkedIn and finally got into a pretty… eh how would you name it … disappointing, bizar, vicious, mean, deviant, misunderstood .. nah .. just a wrong direction, has caused quite some confusion.

And looking at the IM and messages I get, it still is.

Let me spoil the clue of the story: Microsoft Identity and Access, FIM, MIM,… IS … ALIVE. VERY MUCH ALIVE. (NOT DEAD)
If you need more detail, continue…

Lots of things have been said and I don’t want to repeat too much stuff, and certainly don’t want to take credit for it.
But let me pick some core components of the discussion and get a few things straight.

Why not refer to the sources first, by chrono. (If you want to have them in a short list all together, quickly read through the post till the end.)

It started here (by Gavriella Schuster on 12 April 2016):

https://blogs.partner.microsoft.com/mpn/microsoft-partner-network-evolution/?ln=en-US

In essence Gavriella discusses MPN (Microsoft Partner Network) competencies and mentions the “The retiring competencies”, which include: “Identity and Access”.
She doesn’t mention any product specifically, but she doesn’t mention either that “Identity and Access” is being moved to the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) competency.
This is clearly a cause for confusion, disappointment and misunderstanding.

But if you continue to read her post and check the next paragraph, you’ll see:

  • Interactive MPN Evolution Guide – This NEW interactive tool is your first step to guide your decision process. Use this to explore all of the new paths and options and easily identify which is the best fit for your business.
  • MPN Evolution Page – This is an overview of the changes, including the full list of impacted competencies and timeline.
  • FAQ – We have received feedback from some of your peers in our advisory councils and compiled answers to some of the questions we anticipate you might have. We will continue to build on these as we receive new questions.

 

After a few clicks in the MPN evolution guide, you’ll see that “Identity and Access” is now in the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) competency. But it takes a few pages to find out. Right.

Also the MPN Evolution FAQ (downloadable PDF) says:

“Identity and Access Competency

Q) Where can I find more information about Enterprise Mobility Suite and partner opportunities?
A) For Enterprise Mobility Suite information, go here. For competency information, go here.

Q) Where can I find more info around Enterprise Mobility Suite incentives eligibility via the Enterprise Mobility Management Competency?
A) To learn more about EMS Incentives, visit the portal page, here. ”

A few days later a post on LinkedIn interpretes the competency change as “It marks the end of MIIS, ILM, FIM, and MIM“.
This opinion/ interpretation ignited a discussion or list of comments that even got vicious and mean if not incorrect. But I’ll leave that to your own interpretation.

But I can certainly advise to read all of it.

One of the key comments is posted by Alex Simons (Director of PM, Microsoft Identity Division): (quote)

“This focus area has just been combined with Mobility as we believe the overall category is merging as part of the shift we are seeing among customers to a modern end-user productivity model which merges Identity, Mobiltiy and Information Protection together to enable workers to get their jobs done wherever they are. So don’t let the merger fool you! We have more engineers working on Identity and Access Managemebt today (600+ across the cloud and on-premises) than we have ever had before at Microsoft!”

Apparently, due to some technical issues, an important comment of David Steadman never got posted to that thread. And probably for that reason, it got disconnected.
But it’s a damn important insider-note or add-on to Alex’ message.

“Identity within Microsoft not Dead!!”

“/../ this is not the end to identity platform. It simply transforming to what customers are demanding, just like MIIS changed and ILM. Merging the assets makes sense, As we have seen with this product and others. If you do not change you will be left behind it is a strategic change that meets the demand of our Azure Customers and On-premise Customers. Also the MIM product group has release a few new additions to MIM CTP4 /../”

“… Because Microsoft is the Identity platform and as this merger of Identity, Mobility and Information Protection continues you will see great add to the story and services.”

A few days later, , posts an interesting reply to the discussion. To jump to his conclusion: “ Success in the cloud is underpinned by a well-engineered Identity and Access infrastructure – and that is usually a hybrid on-premises/cloud infrastructure involving MIM, AD, Azure AD and much more. You can call it what you like, but rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

And to close the discussion, you might want to get up to speed on what Microsoft Identity and Access aka Enterprise Mobility is heading to… with another post by Hugh.
It’s the essence of the whole story: Identity and Acces, now Enterpise mobility is not limited to the ‘identity technology’ anymore: consider”Advanced Threat Analytics, Secure Islands, Adallom, hybrid identity, devices and enterprise mobility management, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) including Privileged Access Management (PAM), new features in Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, including changes in Azure Active Directory, Rights Management, and Intune… and more.

It’s damn clear that a specialist in Microsoft Identity & Access (eh sorry, Enterprise Mobility), will have plenty of work in the future.

That being said, here’s the short list.

References list of LinkedIn articles:

But that’s not all.
Recheck the Microsoft support lifecycle for the various products and save it for future reference:

 

*EDIT – 13/may/2016 … the discussion continues*
Above was the customer friendly version, as I’ve got quite some queries for details.
So it allows to explain that the pronounced dead essentially was a hoax.

On the FIM/MIM FB group, there was a very pertinent remark by Gil Kirkpatrick which I’m allowed to share here:

I’ve been utterly baffled at the public reaction to all of this… I’ve had probably a dozen people (a Kuppinger-Cole guy for chrissakes) tell me how MSFT has failed to crack the IAM market and how they’ve given up and EOL’d FIM/MIM, and now its a free-for-all and tha datacenter is on fire, and …, well you get the idea. It’s like nobody even bothered to read the announcement, and I don’t know, maybe look up some of the words in the dictionary if they were having trouble understanding it.”

+1

I personally think this is exactly the reason that David, Hugh and others (including me) have been fighting this hoax.

And I’ll not go into the view and recent reports of the market watchers, like Kuppinger-Cole and Gartner on Identity and Access, Identity Governance, .. whatever.
These are valuable if the reports are built on current, solid data.
But if a vendor does not participate in the survey for a year, or two, because their product stack is been overhauled and set ready for the future.. and therefore the ‘product suite’ does not fit to the market watchers categories (so it drops from the reports), it’s no reason to burry a product/vendor.

And certainly if these reports are published one year later…
Things are moving fast, very fast.

FIM2010# MIISActivate – FIM Sync service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146234334

This article has been posted on TNWiki at: FIM2010 Troubleshooting: MIISActivate – FIM Sync service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146234334.


 

Situation

 

Failing over a FIM Sync Server to the standby FIM sync server using MIISActivate.

After using successfully MIISActivate, the FIMSync Service fails to start and logs an error in the eventviewer.


 

Symptoms

 

You’ll see 2 error messages in the event viewer, erro 7024 and error 6324.

Error 7024

 

Reference

 

This error is pretty similar or exactly like the error described in the following Wiki article:

FIM2010 Troubleshooting: FIM Sync service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146234334.

 

Screen

 

 

Error message Text

 

Log Name: System
Source: Service Control Manager
Date: 3/02/2016 15:08:59
Event ID: 7024
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: servername.domain.customer
Description:
The Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146234334.
Event Xml:
<System>
<Provider Name=”Service Control Manager” Guid=”{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}” EventSourceName=”Service Control Manager” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”49152″>7024</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8080000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2016-02-03T14:08:59.670239000Z” />
<EventRecordID>679744</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID=”516″ ThreadID=”1212″ />
<Channel>System</Channel>
<Computer>servername.domain.customer</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data Name=”param1″>Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service</Data>
<Data Name=”param2″>%%-2146234334</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>

 

Error 6324

 

Error message Text

 

Log Name: Application
Source: FIMSynchronizationService
Date: 3/02/2016 15:08:59
Event ID: 6324
Task Category: Server
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: servername.domain.customer
Description:
The server encountered an unexpected error and stopped.
“BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\sqlstore\storeimp.cpp(5096): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\sqlstore\storeimp.cpp(493): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(429): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2145188339. This is retry number 0.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 1.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 2.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 3.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1041): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
Forefront Identity Manager 4.1.3634.0″
Event Xml:
<System>
< Provider Name=”FIMSynchronizationService” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”49152″>6324</EventID>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>3</Task>
< Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2016-02-03T14:08:59.000000000Z” />
< EventRecordID>266336</EventRecordID>
<Channel>Application</Channel>
< Computer>servername.domain.customer</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
< EventData>
<Data>BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\sqlstore\storeimp.cpp(5096): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\sqlstore\storeimp.cpp(493): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(429): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x8023060d (The computer_id in the database does not match this computer.)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2145188339. This is retry number 0.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 1.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 2.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\shared\utils\clrhost.cpp(224): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\rules\scriptmanagerimpl.cpp(7886): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(272): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\server.cpp(3960): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1588): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
ERR_: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1027): Error creating com objects. Error code: -2146234334. This is retry number 3.
BAIL: MMS(7916): d:\bt\39459\private\source\miis\server\server\service.cpp(1041): 0x80131022 (unable to get error text)
Forefront Identity Manager 4.1.3634.0</Data>
</EventData>

</Event>

 


 

Solution

 

Restart Service twice

 

At the first attempt, the service will take a very long time to try starting.

When the initial attempt fails, try restarting the FIM Synchronization again.

 

Check DB connection

 

Use a UDL file with the Data Link Properties tool to check if you can connect to the FIM Sync Database.

More info:
FIM2010 Troubleshooting: FIM Sync service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146234334.

 


 

Also on this blog

 


FIM/MIM Licensing: clarification on the requirement to use CALs

Since the addition of the FIM Service and Portal in FIM 2010, the licensing model changed from a “server only” licensing to “server + CAL” licensing. (NOTE: CAL = Client Access License).

In April 2015 licensing update of FIM/MIM, the server license became virtually free.

The authoritative document that provides you with the full details is the PUR (Products Use Rights) document published by Microsoft.

See my post on the licensing change for all required info: http://aka.ms/LicenseToCAL. It does contain the links to the PUR (in various languages).

You can also check the TechNet Wiki page for the FIM/MIM licensing: http://aka.ms/LicenseToFIM)

 

In short: in general, you do NOT need to buy a FIM/MIM server license anymore, it’s included in the Windows Server license.

Still, keep in mind, some specific situations do require special/additional licenses: check the PUR.

You DO require CALs, which is mentioned by the PUR as:

“A CAL is also required for any person for whom the software issues or manages identity information.”

 

You can acquire FIM CALs via :

  • Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 User CAL (device CALs are not available), or
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite User SL, or
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium

The april 2015 licensing change caused quite some confusion on the CAL requirements (as the FIM/MIM server license became ‘free’…)
One of the important reasons was the following paragraph in the PUR (quote):

“/../

Synchronization Service

A CAL is not required for users only using the Forefront Identity Manager synchronization service. /../”

To rephrase this statement: if you ONLY use the FIM Sync engine, you DO NOT need to buy/acquire any license (you got server license free and CAL not required).

This essentially means that IF you do install the FIM Service (and probably the FIM portal to manage it) and you DO connect the FIM Sync engine to the FIM service via the FIM MA, you DO NEED CALs.

This also applies to BHOLD and FIMCM.

This is how it was phrased by one of the FIM/MIM/AADConnect program managers: “As soon as you have installed the FIM Service MA (or BHOLD or CM) then you have triggered a CAL for everyone in the MV. ” It’s not relevant if the users are in FIM Service or not.

This is also the reason for built-in declarative provisioning (without a need for the FIM Service MA) in Azure AD Connect sync… this puts the FIM/MIM licensing model on the same frequency as the Azure AD connect licensing.

Now, this perfectly answers the question of Henrik on my post on the licensing update.

His question was: “What if you install FIM/MIM Sync and Service, both included in Windows Server licensing but you choose not to add object mappings in FIM/MIM MA for users and groups… This will allow you to import filter based sync rules from FIM/MIM Service.”

The short answer is: you still need to acquire the CAL.

Summary

  • FIM/MIM server license is included in the Windows Server License
  • you DO NEED CALs for FIM/MIM
    • you can purchase CALS or acquire them via EMS/AAD premium/ECS
    • for EVERY person managed
  • 1 EXCEPTION:
    • if you ONLY use the FIM/MIM Sync Engine, you do not need CALs

I hope that this explanation helps you to better understand the FIM/MIM licensing.

Feel free to contact me via any channel if you have any feedback or questions.
Happy licensing!