I’m off to London next week to do Microsoft’s 4 day course on Implementing Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (M50382), intended they say for Systems Engineers, Developers, Architects, and Project Leaders who need to gain a good understanding of how Forefront Identity Manager 2010 can be applied to manage identity information across a number of directories or databases. We will learn how to:
- Understand FIM concepts and components.
- Identify appropriate FIM scenarios.
- Manage users, groups, and passwords using FIM.
- Synchronize identity data across systems, such as Active Directory and HR.
- Understand the issues involved in loading data (initial load, backup, and disaster recovery).
- Configure security for different levels of user.
- Manage password self-service reset and synchronization.
- Automate run cycles.
- Handle sets, simple workflows, and management policy rules (MPRs)
I’m doing the training with QA at their apparently state of the art purpose built training centre near Tower Bridge. I negotiated a good rate for the course and accomodation at The Tower A Guoman Hotel next to Tower Bridge, a 4-star hotel with apparently lovely London and The River Thames. So I should be comfy! I’ll catch the train as I simply can’t stand trying to negotiate the London traffic in a car.
FIM is effectively Microsoft’s equivalent of Novell Identity Manager, with which I am already familiar. So the plan is to do some self-study/revision over Xmas and sit the exam in January.
To top up the knowledge from the course materials I’ve also purchased what appears to be just about the only book available on FIM – “Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 Handbook” by Kent Nordstrom. It’s had positive reviews so should give me a slightly different slant on the subject.
This is to prepare me to pass Exam 70-158 which will gaine me the cert Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Forefront Identity Manager 2010, Configuration. It should be interesting and will add a string to my bow when it comes to Identity Management work.