Archive for March, 2010

Group Management in Live@edu

First thing I want to mention is that topic of Group Management is an ongoing work in progress. I suspect that subject of Group Management will be at best incomplete and probably will become obsolete faster than any other topic that I’ve recorded in the series of podcasts for Live@edu partners. Nevertheless, I would like to present my take of Group Management within Live@edu program to anybody who is interested in the subject

This podcast was recorded shortly after release of R4 (Release Four) version/wave of Outlook Live offering and reflects present state of offerings (Late 2009/Early 2010) regarding group management within Live@edu.

I am touching on dynamic group management with PowerShell with Exchange 2010 (core product behind Outlook Live) as well as more custom approach to group management with ILM 2007 (and theoretically with FIM 2010, if you wish) called Group Populator.



GAL Sync vs. OL Sync vs. OLMA vs. ELMA (have I missed anything?)

If you are looking into this your search engine must caught one of the key words in the title. At the time I was recording this podcast the R4 release (is this is a tautological statement?) of Outlook Live just have been released and I was flying around The World to promote Outlook Live and educate Microsoft Partners on new features and specifics of Outlook Live program.

I encourage you to take a look at this podcast if you are trying to understand what exactly Outlook Live offering(s) are/is and how it is deferent form custom Identity Management solution.

I believe that understanding all your options and clearly grasping underlying technologies in every offer from Live@edu team will essentially produce better-built end-client solutions and in the end will culminate in the better end-user (student) experience.

Take look at "GAL Sync 2010 / Outlook Live Sync Intro":


The Birds and The Bees of ILM 2007

Some could find it a little odd that in the month of releasing FIM 2010, I am publishing a podcast dedicated to the concepts of ILM 2007. However, if you are on your path of building your own Identity Management solution you will find this presentation rather informative (or so I hope).

Conceptually Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM) is based on ILM 2007. In fact FIM 2010 consumed ILM 2007 and build-up a new product that is utilizes core ILM 2007 technology from within. In fact FIM 2010 refers to the established "core" of MIIS 2003/FIM 2007 as Sync Engine. In other words, if you are deploying FIM 2010 and need to understand more about Sync Engine and overall concepts of state-base directory synchronization, management agents, connected directories, Metaverse and other Microsoft-centric and generic Identity Management concepts this podcast could help you to be on the right track.

One again, thanks to Microsoft’s Live@edu team which presented me with an opportunity to record these podcasts in Microsoft Studios.


Identity Management 101

I swear I have not been hibernating. In the light of upcoming TEC 2010, and FIM 2010 finally reaching RTM phase I had a lot things to do.

In the midst of the maddening rush of RTMing FIM I had a chance to make a recording of several presentations that I have been giving around The World on numerous Live@edu gatherings. Thank you to Live@edu team in Microsoft that has asked me to record my sessions in Microsoft Studios as "podcasts" for Live@edu partners. Those recordings are targeting more or less novices in Identity Management and allowing system administrators as well as technical PMs who are new to the realm of IdA to understand what is Identity management and how you as an organization can benefit from it.

Folks in Microsoft Studio were trying to teach me to avoid using tons of "Hmmm" and "Mmmm", nevertheless there are PLENTY of those placeholders sprinkled in these presentations. You’ll have to excuse me for a little awkward flow; one have never imagined that speaking to the silent eye on the camera in a tiny dark studio rigged with microphones is MUCH harder and MUCH more nerve-racking than speaking in front of 100s of people. Anyhow, if you have 30 minutes to spare for an IdM 101 session, please be my guest and take a look at following: