Note-to-self: #MIM2016 product feedback

Just in case you want to dump some frustrations or constructive feedback on the MIM 2016 product, eg requests & suggestions for features, you should bookmark this feedback forum:



Note-to-self: #MIM2016 Strategy and Roadmap

ICMY, a few days ago, Mark Wahl and David Steadman hosted an online session on the Microsoft Identity Manager Strategy and Roadmap (VIR956PAL).

You can watch it over here:

Over the years, competition and non-believers of Microsoft Identity Management have been advocating it’s death… The phrase is returning now and then, pretty much in sync with the usual MS product lifecycle…

Of course, products and features change, the business is changing… the product is changing..
But the MS team is investing significant effort to keep track of these business requirements.

So, get this:

MIM… is … NOT … dead.



Note-To-Self: ICYMI, #MIM2016 Support for SQL Always On Availability groups

Based on a recent customer support experience with MIM (migrating from MIM 2016 RTM to SP1 latest hotfix), I ran into a few issues…

They have been documented here:

And also

While investigating the MIM Performance, we bumped into some SQL configuration issues, seriously impacting the MIM performance.
Finally ending up with staging the latest hotfix on MIM… (which is in general always a good idea and best practice).

But, talking the SQL performance, in that troubleshooting exercise another question popped up, again: Always on Availability groups.

And while this has been an issues for long time, the good news is : as of MIM 2016 SP1 (4.4.1459.0 or Later), Always On Availability groups are now supported.

You can find the announcement here:

Strangely enough it’s not mentioned in the KB article for the hotfix: SP1 March 2017 Hotfix (4.4.1459.0),

Still, the page on SQL Server availability solutions for Microsoft Identity Manager services databases, is not mentioning AoA, see here:

So, you need to keep that one in your MIM knowledge backpack.

#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


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


  • 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
You know the usual warning: I didn’t tell you to delete the registry key.

Note-to-self: Got #MIM2016 product feedback, feature wish list?

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:

Microsoft released #MIM2016 Service Pack 1 UPDATE package


Since the release of MIM 2016 SP1 just a few weeks ago, Microsoft received significant feedback from the community, their partners and customers regarding the upgrade paths for the service pack.

8th of November, Microsoft announced the availability of the MIM 2016 SP1 Update MSP.

This MSP allows current customers on MIM 2016 RTM, or any hotfix build since 2016 RTM to perform an in-place upgrade to the current build of this MSP (4.4.1302.0).

The supported in-place upgrade scenarios are outlined in the table below. To obtain this update, please click here.

Please note, an updated MSI for new implementations is likely to be released soon.

Carefully check the upgrade paths, as this MSP cannot be applied to build 4.4.1296.0 (MIM 2016 SP1 RTM).

The download page explicitly mentions: “MIM 2016 RTM Versions to update their infrastructure to the latest SP1 Build without complete uninstall. Customers already on MIM 2016 SP1 (4.4.1237) can not install this patch. 

Supported Operating System

Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

MIM 2016 RTM or one of the following hotfix builds: 4.3.2064.0 4.3.2195.0 4.3.2266.0″


Initial Build Hotfix Applied Build after SP1 Update
RTM None 4.4.1302.0
RTM 4.3.2064.0 4.4.1302.0
RTM 4.3.2064.0, 4.3.2195.0 4.4.1302.0
RTM 4.3.2195.0 4.4.1302.0
RTM 4.3.2266.0 4.4.1302.0

Additionally, for customers running Office 2010 needing the x86 Add-ins and Extensions, do not update using this MSP, a forthcoming hotfix will be made available in the coming months.

If you have any comments for the Product Group, please send us an email at:


#MIM2016 Troubleshooting: FIM MA Full import error 0x80070002

This post has been published on TNWiki too, and waiting for your input at: MIM 2016 Troubleshooting: FIM MA Full import error 0x80070002


When you try to run an Full import run profile on the MIMMA, you get an error message in the MIM GUI.

On screen

Unable to run the management agent.

The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070002)

Error message


Log Name:      Application
Source:        FIMSynchronizationService
Date:          10/17/2016 5:38:58 PM
Event ID:      6309
Task Category: Server
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
The server encountered an unexpected error while performing an operation for a management agent.
"BAIL: MMS(39888): ..\ma.cpp(3781): 0x80070002 (The system cannot find the file specified.)
Forefront Identity Manager 4.3.1935.0"
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="FIMSynchronizationService" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="49152">6309</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2016-10-17T15:38:58.000000000Z" />
    <Security />
<Data>BAIL: MMS(39888): ..\ma.cpp(3781): 0x80070002 (The system cannot find the file specified.)
Forefront Identity Manager 4.3.1935.0</Data>

Other symptoms

When you try to stop the run of the MIM MA you get an error.

Root cause

The option “run the management agent in a separate process” is activated.


Uncheck the option “Run this management agent in a separate process” from the “Configure extensions” item in the management agent properties.