Forefront Identity Manager Connector for Web Services released

Microsoft released the FIM connector for web services on the 1st June 2012 – a generic connector (formerly known as a management agent or MA) for interfacing with web services (WS).  The connector is a generic platform for connecting to and interfacing with web services based on SOAP.  The Connector for Web Services is configured via project files that express the target web service to the connector.  As part of the release of the connector Microsoft has shipped the following projects for describing configuration to external non-Microsoft sources:

  • Oracle eBusiness 12.1 (Oracle EBS).
  • Oracle PeopleSoft 9.1.
  • SAP ECC 5.0
  • SAP ECC 6.0

The connector is written using the new Extensible Connectivity Management Agent 2 (ECMA2) set of interfaces.  The connector is released as a separate download (a new release strategy for connectors) as it is compatible with both Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Update 2 and Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2.

The installation package and the default projects can be downloaded from:

The accompanying documentation can be downloaded from:

Online documentation will be available shortly.  It is worth noting that the documentation defines some basic performance information.  This performance information is not for using to scale your own deployment.  The numbers are there purely to illustrate the relationship between different operations.  The testing was performed on virtual machines and is not indicative of real world performance data or practical limitations.


About Paul Williams

IT consultant working for Microsoft specialising in Identity Management and Directory Services.
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13 Responses to Forefront Identity Manager Connector for Web Services released

  1. Carol says:

    Web services connector! Yay!!!

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  3. Scott Eastin says:

    What has your experience been on the performance of this management agent. I read the documentation and it doesn’t seem terribly quick. What has been your real work experience with it? Thanks!

  4. Hello ! has anyone used this web service for fim ? i need some help making SAP password reset work :s
    thanks !

  5. Peter Jalaff says:

    I’m going to try and use this for a custom web service for a client. Any feedback would be great.

    • No feedback from me at the moment as I still haven’t had the opportunity to use it. I tried reaching out based on another comment. I will chase again as I didn’t get much of a response.

    • Risky Pathak says:

      I was part of development team for this connector. This is going to be future for FIM Connectors. This connector can sync with any data source where services are exposed as SOAP (REST Servives will also be supported soon). As of now, the connectopr is used by top giant comapnies over the world

      • aj says:

        could you provide me some instruction. I am attempting to develop a config file using the configuration tool. The wsdl i wish to use is for user management in SalesForce/remedyforce. However Salesforce does not allow a live http://connection to the wsdl. ( you are allowed to download a static wsdl). This appears to cause the issue when using the configuration tool — I can perform discovery against the local WSDL. but then to configure the data types or when I attempt to Test the Connection it fails as the WSDL and the data source are not available from the same location

  6. Paolo Tedesco says:

    Is the source code for this MA available somehow? It would be great as an example of an ECMA2 MA!

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