FIM 2010 R2 Beta / ECMA 2.0 Beta

Published on Friday, July 29, 2011 in

For those interested in trying out the new features of FIM 2010 R2  or jump in with the new extensible MA framework (ECMA) Wednesday the download links were added on the FIM 2010 R2 CEP Connect site. CEP stands for Community Evaluation Program so if you got feedback or find bugs definitely report on that!

The link: https://connect.microsoft.com/site433/fimcep

High-light of the new features:

  • Reporting
  • Web-based Self-Service Password Reset
  • Improved performance for the initial load of the FIM database
  • Scale and load performance improvements
  • Outlook® 2010 support for the FIM add-ins and extensions
  • SharePoint® 2010 support
  • Improved troubleshooting support


Microsoft Business Ready Security Trial Environment

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in

In the past year I’ve been looking for a downloadable Microsoft Virtual Lab demonstrating the Forefront suite. Never found anything. Seems my google/bing skills were a bit off: Microsoft Business Ready Security Trial Environment (4.0g) has been available since 1/13/2011

This page offers several scenario-based lab guides and several VM’s. Technologies covered:

  • Forefront Identity Manager
  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway
  • Forefront Protection Server Management Console
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint
  • Active Directory Rights Management Service
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Direct Access

By posting this I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to find it again whenever I got some spare time to play with this Smile


FIM 2010: SSPR Client Error After Updating To Build 4.0.3576.2

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in

After updating our FIM Servers to the latest build, we also started upgrading the Password Reset Client software on the clients. After some tests we seemed to receive the following error in certain cases:


In words:

A service proxy exception was encountered while running the Password Reset application. Error Text: An unexpected error has occurred. Please contact helpdesk or your administrator. Error Code 40007.

In the trace log:

Microsoft.ResourceManagement: Microsoft.ResourceManagement.WebServices.Client.UnwillingToPerformException: The endpoint could not dispatch the request. ---> Microsoft.ResourceManagement.WebServices.Faults.ServiceFaultException: The endpoint could not dispatch the request.

We quickly saw that we only had this error when users logged on to a workstation where the user didn’t exist in the Portal. IF these people visit the Portal they should get the generic FIM Service unavailable error. However before updating to the last build, the Password Reset Client software just closed quietly when it couldn’t match a user. As it should. I discussed this with someone at Microsoft and it seems to be a known bug which is fixed in FIM 2010 R2 but which will not be fixed in 2010.

Luckily for us all our users are managed from within FIM, except in test where some managed to slip by the FIM processing...


Awarded MVP for Identity Lifecycle Manager!

Published on Saturday, July 2, 2011 in ,

Wow! I had no idea it was the time of the year MVP’s were being (re)awarded. Somewhere in the past year I heard I was nominated for MVP and to support my candidature I filled in some docs but the mail I received yesterday came as a complete surprise.

Dear Thomas Vuylsteke,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Identity Lifecycle Manager technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

Toby Richards
General Manager
Community & Online Support

Special thanks to Markus for coaching and supporting me on the FIM TechNet Forum & Wiki. Thanks to Glenn Zuckerman & Anthony Ho for helping me out every once and while.

Thanks to the people of MCS Belgium for giving me opportunity to get to know FIM and be part of a great project/team. Thanks to my company RealDolmen for providing me with interesting projects again and again.

Thanks to everyone in the FIM community for all the knowledge sharing and troubleshooting help.

And of course, most of all thanks to my wife Stefanie for just letting me do what I do.

Let’s keep up the good work for another year!