Global Azure Bootcamp: Speaking at Let’s talk Azure in Saarbruecken

On Saturday, 22.04.2017 there will be the next Global Azure Bootcamp.

I will speak at the meetup “Let’s talk Azure” in Germany, Saarbruecken. There are still some seats free, so come an join us.

My topic will be Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 (MIM) as an extented tool for Hybrid Identity.
The following points will be covered by my presentation and demos:

  • Manage Azure AD and PIM Role with on-Premises groups
  • Customized group write-back for static and dynamic security groups
  • Manage licenses and group membership of cloud-only and B2B users
  • B2B user write-back to on-Premises Active Directory

 

 

Hotfix rollup package (build 4.4.1459.0) available for Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 SP1

Yesterday Microsoft released a new hotfix rollup package for Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 SP1.

This hotfix contains a lot of improvements and in addtion fixes several issues which cannot all be listed here.
One major improvement is the support of:

SQL 2016 Always On Availability Groups

and

System Center Service Manager 2016 Reporting supportability

See more details on the following blog posts and KB article:

Hotfix rollup package (build 4.4.1459.0) is available for Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 Service Pack 1

Download Update for Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 SP1 (KB4012498)

Supported platforms for MIM 2016

Identity and Access Management Support Team Blog

New versions of additonal FIM/MIM connectors released

New version of the additional FIM/MIM connectors are relased some days ago.

This connector package contains the following connectors:

There are a couple of fixes and enhancements on those connectors, you can get the complete list from the version release history:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnectsync-connector-version-history

(And yes, the placement of the documentation also makes no sense to me since these are FIM/MIM only connectors)

Connectors can be downloaded from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51495

 

MIM Portal: regular user access and unable to process your request

Getting the error „Unable to process your request“, is a common issue a lot of people are facing when accessing the FIM/MIM portal a regular user.

There are a lot of forums discussions and blog posts around that issue and how to solve it.

However, I think I found another reason why that issue can occur even if that will not be a common scenario for most people but still worth to write about it in my opinion.

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New Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) available as public preview

Just saw it in my demo tenant today that the new Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) is now available within the new Azure portal http://portal.azure.com under the Active Directory Node.

Until today, since all of you know, you could only assign EMS licenses by groups created in Azure or synchronized from an On-Premises directory. In addition, you could only assign the whole license/suite in one piece without the ability to disable sub plans, like RMS for example.

With the new group based licensing, you now can also assign other services license like Office 365 for example and are also be able to disable specific sub plans.

Here is how it looks like:

Navigate to the new portal (the artist formerly known as “the island”): http://portal.azure.com

Go to the Azure Active Directory Management (Preview):

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You will see an overview of all your licenses and current assigned users and groups via the “All products” option:

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Let us assign the Office 365 license by a group and disable some of the features:

Click “Licensed Group” and then “+ Assign”

04

Select a group created in Azure or synchronized from your On-Premises directory.

Click “assignment option (optional)”

05

Done, license assignment changes will now be scheduled and you can check the state of pending or active (should be active within one minute.)

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You can have multiple groups with different sub plans disabled to reflect the licenses needed for different user type (Power Users, Limited Users or Guests)

There is also an audit log for all license assignment but with by early tests there is nothing logged, I assume because the necessary categories are missing until rollout of preview is complete.

 

Re-Awarded a 3rd time as an MVP

Just recieved my mail that I got the MVP award a 3rd time.

Still honored and proud to be part of the great community.

Lithnet FIM/MIM Synchronization Service PowerShell Module released

Ryan Newington (Developer of FIM/MIM Lithnet PS Module, new FIM/MIM Service Client and RestAPI) already anounced new PowerShell Cmdlets for the FIM/MIM Synchronization Service on the last MIM Team User Group Meeting.

You can now download that module on github.

See documentation on the modules and also the disclaimer.

Download the FIM/MIM Sync PowerShell Module.

Great job again Ryan.

Here is a list of modules included:

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