My quest to bring Best Practices to Identity Management especially with Microsoft FIM / ILM

Monday, May 17, 2010

TEC 2010 -- Results

TEC 2010 was a blast. In the Kickoff Gil Kirkpatrick issued several challenges including one to Brad Turner to simulate the workings of the FIM Sync Engine. Eventually we expect to see a video of the final presentation posted to YouTube. In the interim Brad has some nice pictures posted: TEC 2010 – Annual Wook Lee Memorial Challenge for Identity Results


I attended Craig Martin’s session “Automate FIM deployment with Powershell” and learned a few things about the FIM Powershell commandlets.

Next I split my time between Joe Zamora’s session on Custom Workflow in FIM 2010 and Gil and Jeremy’s session on Reporting in FIM 2010. (I had swapped my session time on Monday with Joe’s Wednesday time as I was worried that the Icelandic Volcanic Ash cloud was going to keep me from getting there on Monday – but it didn’t). I enjoyed both. I am afraid my late arrival in Gil and Jeremy’s session caused a bit of a stir as they were discussing some of their SQLXML tricks and Jeremy told everyone that wanted to know more about it to ask me (as I am looking at their stuff for the first time).  I think Gil and Jeremy had a great presentation with a fascinating proof of concept. I heartily endorse their statements regarding this not being a production ready setup but I love what they showed.

Other concerns caused me to miss the rest of the afternoon. The Quest Hospitality Suite was nice.

Tuesday morning I put the finishing touches on my presentations and then attended Jack Kabat’s session on Deploying FIM, he provided some good advice on how to handle the initial load scenario.

After lunch I presented on Care and Feeding of Databases. I had quite a wide range of attendees. Some were interested in the SharePoint databases others in OCS and of course the majority for FIM Service and Sync. There were also a few who needed to know about FIM CM. I did also show a few photos from my recent trip to Prague including my evidence of elven habitation (they had their own check in kiosk at the Prague Airport).

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That night we (Ensynch) had a great party at the ESPN Zone watching the Lakers eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder. We rented out the Championship Lounge which is above the rest of the facility and feels like a skybox, including big windows out which you can see the big screen at the Bar. We were 100 yards away from the Staples center so after the game we had to fend off some game attendees intent on crashing our party.

Wednesday morning I presented on FIM Performance tuning and talked about the performance improvements that are possible. Then Brad spoke about using ROPU (Run On Policy Update, which we pronounce Rope You, because it ropes you into doing more things) and its power.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Escape from Prague – Good to go for TEC

I went to Prague for a project intending to stay one week, but unfortunately I was delayed an additional week (volcanic ash cloud from Iceland – reread the news if you missed it). While Prague is a beautiful city and I met many wonderful people, the uncertainty of when I would be able to get home weighed heavily on me. I was worried about being separated from my family for weeks? months? More importantly ;) I was worried about getting back for The Experts Conference!

Well I have made good my escape! I am back home and will be heading to TEC! Hope to see you there!

BTW, Joe Zamora and I traded speaking slots (I was afraid I wasn’t going to arrive at TEC before Tuesday). No worries now, but we are keeping the schedule change. Joe will speak Monday after lunch and I will speak both Tue after lunch and then Wed at 8 AM.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Register for TEC 2010 – hope to see you there


Register using this code to get a discount: ATESENSYNC

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TEC 2010 – Speaking and Sponsoring

I am super excited about speaking at The Experts Conference 2010 (I also spoke at Directory Experts in ‘07, and ‘08 as well as last year’s The Experts Conference). banner-im-speakingsponsor-ensynch

Register using this code to get a discount: ATESENSYNC

Once more Ensynch is sponsoring TEC but this year we are a gold sponsor for TEC 2010.

Here is the lineup of Ensynch Speakers at The Experts Conference (also see Brad Turner’s take on our new speakers)

Track Speaker Picture Topic Date
Exchange – Pre conference workshop Justin Hiedeman speaker-justin Exchange 2010 Migration to Microsoft Exchange Online: Hands-on Workshop Sunday April 25th
Directory & Identity David Lundell speaker_lundell

FIM 2010 Performance Tuning (SQL and more)

Monday April 26th 1:00 pm
Directory & Identity Brad Turner speaker_turner Using DFS and GPO in ILM High Availability Scenarios Monday April 26th 2:15 pm
Directory & Identity and SharePoint Chris Calderon   and Jeff Holliday Jeffspeaker_holliday

Federated SSO Solutions Using SharePoint 2010

Tuesday April 27th
9:45 am
Directory & Identity David Lundell speaker_lundell

Proper Care and Feeding of Your Databases: FIM, ILM, CLM, RMS, SharePoint and OCS

Tuesday April 27th 1:30 pm
Directory & Identity Joe Zamora speaker-zamora Custom Workflow Development in FIM 2010 Wednesday April 28th
8:00 am
Directory & Identity Brad Turner speaker_turner

Practical Converged Physical and Logical Access Control

Wednesday April 28th
9:45 am


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TEC 2009

Now that our pre-conference workshop on Taming the Chaos – Building a Practical Lifecycle Mgt. Application in the ILM “2” Portal is done

and our (Brad, Chris and me) sessions  done: Proper Care & Feeding of ILM, CLM and RMS , Designing an Object Expiration & Reconciliation process in ILM 2 , Rescue Your Identity Metasystem from Chaos (reporting against ILM 2), and ADFS Extensibility, we are all able to relax a little and enjoy everyone else's sessions.

I spent a fair amount of time looking at Quest's One Identity Management Solutions (thanks to Jonathan Sanders), and I also got to attend Felix Gaehtgens's (Kuppinger Cole) session on You've Authenticated the User, so Now What? wherein he discussed RBAC vs Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) and a standard that is new to me called XACML (Zack uh mel). I really enjoyed it despite it being a forward looking theoretical discussion.

Brad was telling me how much he enjoyed the ILM “2” Chalktalk by Andreas Kjellman and Mark Wahl

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TEC 2009 -- Ensynch Identity Bus

Last night Fellow ILM MVP's Brad Turner, Chris Calderon, Carol Wapshere (pronounced Wap shear and well known as Miss MIIS) and I along with a number of other TEC 2009 attendees rode on the Ensynch Identity Bus to take us from the Green Valley Ranch Resort to the Las Vegas Strip. After a great steak dinner at Smith and Wollansky's (across from New York New York) a few us of walked the strip hoping to see the fountains at the Bellagio, but alas they shut off at midnight.

Our first run of the night was with a completely full bus!

The bus will also be running tonight

Departing Green Valley Ranch Resort 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 11pm, 11:30pm, 12am, 12:30am.
Drop-off / Pick-up at Mandalay Bay, 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm, 11pm, 11:30pm, 12am, 12:30am, 1:00am (last pick-up)
Drop-off / Pick-up at New York, New York, 9:10pm, 9:40pm, 10:10pm, 10:40pm, 11:10pm, 11:40pm, 12:10am, 12:40am, 1:10am (last pick-up)


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

At TEC get on the Ensynch Identity Bus

If you are coming to TEC 2009 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort outside of Las Vegas, and want to take a trip to the strip Monday or Tuesday night then you are in luck -- Ensynch is sponsoring the Identity Bus -- we'll have some buses that will be running from the Resort to one of the Monorail stops on the strip. Details will be provided at the conference in your handouts. I will riding on the Identity Bus some of the time and hope to see you there!

Thanks to Stuart Kwan for coining the term Identity Bus, and thanks to Christine McDermott for helping suggest a practical way to make it happen, and thanks to Tyeson Cluff our marketing consultant for making it happen!