FIM 2010 R2: The FIM 2010 R2 Synchronization Service is not started

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer (


Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2


FIM Synchronization Service

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2






FIMSyncService - synchronization service is not running on the remote server.



FIMSyncService - synchronization service scan cannot be run on the target machine.


FIMSyncService - synchronization service should be running on the remote server before starting a scan.

To start the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service use the following procedure

To start the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service

  1. Log on to the server that has the FIM Synchronization Service installed.

  2. Click Start, select Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

  3. In the Services list, select Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service.

  4. In the Action menu, click Start.

Additional references

For more information, see the FIM 2010 R2 Deployment Guide (