FIM and Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

You may or may not know that Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – officially called Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – is now live and available.  Microsoft announced the General Availability (GA) today, here

Microsoft have a knowledgebase article that lists what Microsoft products are officially supported running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines – kb2721672: Microsoft server software support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines – and both Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, and Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) are now supported on Azure IaaS VMs.

Some more info.:

  • SQL Azure won’t work as a database backend for FIM and a remote SQL VM has not been, and will not be, tested – you need to use an on-box SQL instance.
  • Not all workloads make sense running in IaaS.  Smaller workloads, probably FIM SYNC only, and DIRSYNC or multi-forest DIRSYNC using FIM and the Azure Active Directory (AAD) connector are probably going to make up the bulk of users.
  • You really need to consider having a DC running in IaaS too.  This will probably be recommended by Microsoft in the future.
  • You really need to look at the cost benefit of hosting FIM in the cloud.  There’s a bunch of costs that need to be considered – the cost of the VM, the processor usage, the storage, the network traffic and the VPN tunnel.
  • Lastly, support is via CSS FIM resources and not Azure support.
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About Paul Williams

IT consultant working for Microsoft specialising in Identity Management and Directory Services.
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3 Responses to FIM and Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  1. Pingback: FIM2010 R2 SP1 now supported on Azure IaaS (IdMaaS?) | FIMSpecialist

  2. Paul Green says:

    Hi Bob,

    It’s great that FIM is now supported in IaaS. I worked with Microsoft in profiling the optimum disk configuration for use with FIM Sync and SQL. We found – contrary to some published advice – that single disk configurations with read only caching yielded the optimum results. I guess others’ mileage may vary, but I’ve seen some good performance (similar to many on prem deployments) even from medium-sized servers. I’m just holding out for an extra extra large server with a huge SSD to really push the limits ;-)

  3. Pingback: [REFERENCE] Azure IaaS and FIM 2010 - Solve your Identity crisis without therapy - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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