The Book: FIM Best Practices Volume 1

July 29, 2010

In two weeks we (Brad Turner is my co-author) will make available for ordering a book on FIM entitled:

FIM Best Practices Volume 1: Introduction, Architecture And Installation Of Forefront Identity Manager 2010

Information on order will be posted here on my blog

This will be the first book on Forefront Identity Manager in English that is not focused on Certificate Management (Brian Komar wrote on book on FIM Certificate Management deployment and two gentlemen from Japan wrote a book on FIM in Japanese as blogged about by fellow MVP, Naohiro  Fujie.

Here is the Current Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: What is Identity Management?

Provides a brief introduction to Identity Management

Chapter 2: Forefront Identity Manager 2010

Introduces one to Forefront Identity Manager 2010 including a walkthrough of the lifecycle of one user Feather Stone a new employee at Snappy Slackers.

Chapter 3: FIM Architecture

This gives a good understanding of FIM Architecture

Chapter 4: FIM Installation Topologies

Discusses how the various FIM components can be installed and discusses why to choose one topology over the other

Chapter 5: Sizing Your FIM Installation

This expands greatly upon the FIM Capacity Planning guide from Microsoft, helping you estimate your scale, load and complexity and then provides a methodology for sizing your FIM Servers and picking your topology. Includes flow charts to help you decide which components need to be highly available and which Edition of SQL Server to use.

Chapter 6: Installing the Prerequisites

Installing the Prerequisites is complex so we have created excellent flow charts to help you through it and include lots of discussion around decision points (like WSS stand-alone or farm).

Chapter 7: Installing FIM

Screen shot by screen shot we guide you through installing the FIM components. Also not to be missed our sections on unattended install where we match the UI install settings to the unattended ones and note where they are persisted (registry, databases, config files etc).

Chapter 8: Updating the FIM Components

FIM already has an update learn screen shot by screen shot where to go to get, prepare for it and install it.

Chapter 9: Post Install Tasks

Get ready to get rolling with FIM by setting up some database maintenance and creating a few objects in the portal.

This will be the first of several books in a series.

The following are possible titles for follow ups:

  • FIM Best Practices Volume 2: Using Forefront Identity Manager 2010 to Provision, Deprovision, Synchronize and provide Self-Service
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 3: Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Operations and DBA Guide
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 4: Go Codeless – Digging Deep with Advanced Features in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010
  • FIM Best Practices Volume 5: Got Code? Customizing Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 with .NET Code

Work on Volume 2 is underway and will cover:

  • Synchronization from HR to the Portal
  • Synchronization To and From AD and the Portal
  • Sets, Management Policy Rules, Workflows
  • Self-Service Profile Management
  • Self-Service Password Reset
  • Self-Service Group Management
  • Policy Management and Workflow
  • Deprovisioning