Microsoft IDM Products History

History[1] #

MIIS has its origins in two Canadian companies' products, Linkage Software's metadirectory product LinkAge Directory Exchange (LDE) which Microsoft acquired on June 30, 1997 and ZOOMIT Corporation's metadirectory product, Via, which Microsoft acquired on July 7, 1999.

LDE was strongly email system oriented but traces of it and its field mapping technology remain through MIIS 2003.

MMS (Microsoft Metadirectory Services) #

After acquiring Zoomit Via Microsoft renamed it to MMS (Microsoft Metadirectory Services) and offered this product for free; however they will strongly encourage customers to hire Microsoft Consulting Services to install and configure product.

We could not find any links for this from Microsoft and it should not be confused with Microsoft Media Server (MMS) or Microsoft Management Summit (MMS).

MIIS (Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003) #

Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 was completely re-written from ground up. No original Zoomit Via code was moved into MIIS. However Microsoft preserved methodology and original idea of the Via product. MIIS 2003 no longer uses ZScript (proprietary scripting language of Zoomit Via), instead it offered .NET framework support.

With this upgrade(?) Microsoft did not offer a migration path from MMS to MIIS due to the significant differences in the products.

We thought this Upgrade methodology was a big mistake. One of the Biggest advantages of the ZOOMIT Corporation product was the large community and long history of the product. If you needed to connect to almost anything, someone in the community had probably already written the Zoomit Script you needed to at least get you started. We know that Microsoft lost several long term customers of the ZOOMIT Corporation product by doing this "forklift" upgrade.

Currently Service Pack 2 is available for MIIS 2003.

ILM (Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007) #

MIIS 2003 was incorporated into a new offering called Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007. This product was announced at the RSA Conference in February 2007 and made available to customers in May 2007. Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 includes not only the original MIIS 2003 product, but also a component called Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM) which is used to manage X.509 digital certificate and smart card issuance.

ILM 2007 is a re-branding for a longer roadmap, but the IDM engine in ILM 2007 is the same as MIIS 2003 SP2.

IIFP (Identity Integration Feature Pack 2007) #

IIFP is a slimmed-down version of MIIS that is limited to synchronization between AD, ADAM, and exchange datastores. IIFP only has three management agents (MA) AD, ADAM and Exchange.

ILM 2007 is a re-branding for a longer roadmap, but the IDM engine in ILM 2007 is MIIS 2003 SP2.

IIFP is ILM 2007 is just a whole lot cheaper and makes it the least costly platform to implement. As for the question on IIFP vs. ILM - that is also quite simple. If you want to connection to any source other than a MS LDAP source (i.e AD and ADAM) then you need ILM. If you only want to do stuff in LDAP sources then IIFP is your tool (plus we know it's free).

FIM (Forefront Identity Manager 2010) #

Forefront Identity Manager 2010, the successor to Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 - dramatically simplifies enterprise identity management through end-user self service capabilities and IT administrator tools to automate tasks.

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