Note2Self: Directory Integration Tools Overview

If you’re asking yourself the question which of the current directory tools to chose, here is some help:

I found this nice overview in the Azure MSDN library documentation:

On that documentation still FIM 2010 R2 with WAAD Connector is listed as an option, but you should not use that for any new deployments anymore, beside you have very special requirements (like multitenant) and only using that scenario as in interim solution until AADConnect will support that in future.



Free Event: MVP Virtual Conference on 14/15 May for everyone

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference


Hi All – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.  Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Key Note Address.

Why attend MVP V-Conf? The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone! Learn from the best and brightest MVPs in the tech world today and develop some great skills!

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.

The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

Register now and feel the power of community!

MVP V-Conf

And again: This event is not just for MVPs, it’s for everyone!

MIM vNext CTP4 available on Microsoft Connect


just a small note that another MIM vNext public preview (CTP4) is available on connect since today.

Like the previews before there are binary installers (Build 4.3.1790.0) and also virtual machines for the Privileged Access Management scenario.

Don’t forget to provide all feedback and questions regarding this preview to connect feedback form.

Read also the official announcement on the AD blog

New Features within this beta quality release:

  1. Manual approval of elevation requests
  2. The ability to require a Multi-Factor Authentication challenge as part of an elevation request
  3. Improved security monitoring of your privileged forest
  4. Azure AD based reporting capabilities in the cloud


AADConnect: User Writeback: Filtering user objects from the cloud

I recently installed the Preview #2 of Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect) in on my testlab with user write-back feature enabled.

Sadly there is currently no possibility to filtering objects that are created in the cloud, so they get not provisioned to the on-premise directory.

I already provided that as a feedback to connect and I assume there will be some filtering OOB in future/final release.

As a workaround you can do the following to modify the sync rules on your own:

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New FIM License Model as of 1. April 2015

I could not believe the news yesterday I read on Peter Geelens blog about the new License Model of FIM, thought of an April’s fool first 😉

But all information is still present, Microsoft gives a great surprise to us all.

In short:

  • FIM Server License is now included in the Windows Server License (Standard and Datacenter)
  • Only CALs are needed for users managed in portal.
  • External Connector License is switching to Windows Connector License.

So if you only plan to implement the Sync Engine you have already paid for FIM with your Windows Server License and can setup a scenario for “free” (nearly).

Take a look at the product use rights (PUR):

Main site: Volume Licensing

Or download the PUR document directly:



From my perspective this is the “News of the Year”.


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