Azure Update Management

How do you patch/update your infrastructure in Azure, AWS, On-Premises? There are many ways, of course, including manually, built-in scheduled update, Group Policy, locally scripted, ConfigMgr, custom Azure Automation, WSUS, and so on.
Somewhat recently, another option “Azure Update Management” has become available, and it is FREE*. This is an expanded offering of what used to be OMS Update Management, integrated into the main Azure Portal and visible on each VM under the “Update Management” node.… [Keep reading] “Azure Update Management”

Using MIMWAL to mass update users

The generalised Workflow Activity Library for Microsoft Identity Manager (MIMWAL) is not particularly new, but I’m regularly finding new ways of using it.
TL;DR: [//Queries/Key/Attribute] can be used as a target to update multiple accounts at once
Working from colleague Michael’s previous post Introduction to MIM Advanced Workflows with MIMWAL (Update Resource workflow section), user accounts can be populated with location details when a location code is set or updated.
But, consider the question: what happens when the source location object is updated with new details, without moving the user between locations?[Keep reading] “Using MIMWAL to mass update users”

MIM configuration version control with Git

The first question usually asked when something goes wrong: What changed?
Some areas of FIM/MIM make it easy to answer that question, some more difficult. If the Reporting Services components haven’t been installed (pretty common), history within the Portal/Service is only retained for 30 days by default, but also contains all data changes not just configuration changes. So, how do we track configuration change?
I was inspired by colleague Darren Robinson’s post “Automate the nightly backup of your Development FIM/MIM Sync and Portal Servers Configuration“, but wanted more detail, automatic differences, and handy visualisation.… [Keep reading] “MIM configuration version control with Git”

Easier portability of the FIMAutomation powershell snap-in

I am a fan of Ryan Newington’s MIM PowerShell modules, I think they are like the missing tools that Microsoft should have provided in the box from day one. Sometimes though, for various reasons, we may not have approval or access to use 3rd party or open source code, or other tools may expect exports to be in a specific format.
Using the FIMAutomation PSSnapin is easy … on servers with the MIM Service installed. … [Keep reading] “Easier portability of the FIMAutomation powershell snap-in”