A Week of Surprises

I know it has been awhile since I posted anything, and I apologize for not keeping up with my blog.  I am sure you have learned that we have shipped Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" RC.  This is part of what has been taking up my time lately.  I will be posting more frequently this week than I have in the past.  I am looking forward to hearing comments about some of the upcoming posts as they become available.  For now, I am going to step aside and share with you a more formal announcement of the ILM2 RC release from Lori Craw, our Group Product Manager:

I’m Lori Craw, group product manager covering identity and security at Microsoft. Today I am pleased to announce the exciting news that the Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” Release Candidate (RC) is now available.

ILM “2” builds on our Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 investments, and includes solutions that will help IT more efficiently and effectively automate identity policies for users and their associated credentials and entitlements. An important set of features in this release focus on self-service for end users, enabling them to manage some of their own information like their passwords and groups, using self-service tools built into Office. The IT pro tools, combined with end-user self-service in Office and developer experiences using .NET and Visual Studio add up to a very powerful combination.

We’ve received great feedback on these features from our beta and TAP customers so far. We also have seen some great momentum with core partners, including Quest, Omada, and Unisys.

So what’s new in the RC, you ask? Some of the top new additions to the RC include:

- Support for scale out of the ILM "2" middle tier database and portal on separate servers, and support for multiple portal servers
- Added support for managing groups across multiple Active Directory forests
- Improvements in the request and notification emails, including customizable notification emails and request details baked into the out-of-box request emails
- Support for third-party certificate authorities (CAs)
- Performance and stability improvements
- Localization support for German and Japanese

I’d like to invite you to learn more about ILM “2” and to try out the RC for yourself by visiting www.microsoft.com/ilm2.

Lori Craw
Group Product Manager
Microsoft Identity and Security