On Friday 12th October 2012 Microsoft officially declared the Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) Extensible Connectivity Management Agent (ECMA1/XMA) framework to be a deprecated feature. Here’s the specific verbiage:
With the release of ECMA 2.0, this feature has been depricated and will be removed in future versions. You should use the Extensible Connectivity 2.0 Management Agent Reference for Connector development going forward.
That text is a note, added on 12/10/2012, to the Connected Data Source Extensions page on MSDN.
What does this mean?
Firstly it means that the PG will only invest in ECMA2 moving forward. That is not unexpected and is great news.
At this time there is no announcement as to when ECMA1 will be removed from the product, however the general rule is that officially deprecated features can be removed from any release after a set amount of time (no info. on that I’m afraid).
So this means that moving forward we should not be using ECMA1 at all. And that we (field, consultants, etc.) should be advising customers to migrate to the new platform sooner than later.
This is especially important for the MIIS and ILM upgrades and migrations that we’re starting to see more of as those products fast approach end of life.
More information on the support lifecycle here (but no timelines re. removal ):
Upgrade ECMA based MAs to ECMA2 based connectors…