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Microsoft FIM (Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager)

Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) is a self-service identity management software suite for managing identities, credentials, and role-based access control policies across heterogeneous computing environments. 

FIM embeds self-help tools in Microsoft Outlook so end users can manage routine aspects of identity and access such as resetting their own passwords without requiring help desk assistance. FIM also alllows end users to create their own security and email distribution lists and decide who to include in those lists. 

IT administrators can use FIM to manage digital certificates and smart cards. FIM also provides administrative and automation tools.

The most recent version of Microsoft FIM, FIM 2010 R2, included improvements to diagnostics, reporting and performance. The Service Pack 1 for FIM 2010 R2 offers support Windows 8, Outlook 2013 and Windows Server 2012.

Contributor(s): Toni Boger
This was last updated in April 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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