Deprecated FIM features (planning ahead)

A new and very interesting page has been added to the Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM) identity management deployment area on TechNet entitled “Deprecated Features And Planning For The Future”.  The succinct page, merely a table, describes current features that have been publically (for the first time, I might add) deprecated.  I won’t list everything here – the page can be found here.  But there is some interesting information that you can draw some conclusions from…

Firstly, we all know that ECMA (v1) has been deprecated.  SAP and Lotus Notes MAs were an obvious removal (we have a replacement connector for SAP and Domino) – FIM CM MA was not!  Internally we knew Composite, or combined, run profiles, i.e. Delta Import and Delta Synchronisation as one run profile, were going sooner than later; out-of-process connectors doesn’t really surprise me, but I wasn’t expecting it either.

Equal precedence made me chuckle.  Let’s hope we get manual precedence with the FIM MA…

Transaction Properties will cause a couple of my customers a headache!

Allow nulls (we will always flow nulls in v.next) and don’t recall attributes (we will always recall in v.next) are both quite interesting (in an “aha, I have been doing it right all along” kind of way).

The use of publically deprecating features, at a time when information on v.next is sparse (with nothing of any real use on the NDA roadmaps), only really serves once purpose: to force the field to start planning and considering this for deployments now.   What’s certainly true is this: you now have some real guidance for what can and cannot be used on new projects.  This list will come in handy when designing a new system – “can we use a transactional property here?” NO!  “let’s just leave the values without recalling them and stop flowing nulls” NO!  Et cetera.

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About Paul Williams

IT consultant working for Microsoft specialising in Identity Management and Directory Services.
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