ILM 2 Beta 2

November 29, 2007

I’m taking part in the Microsoft ILM2 Beta 2 program. Or at least I will be as soon as I get Windows 2008 server installed on a x64 Virtual Machine on my laptop. My laptop processor supports x64 and virtualisation (although it’s currently running i386 Vista), but unfortunately Microsoft Virtual PC doesn’t support x64 guests. I’ve installed VMWare (which is advertised as supporting x64 guests) so now I just need install Server 2008 and we should be away…

This is a closed Beta, so I won’t be able to update you on what I find, but you can always take part yourself as the program has only been running for a couple of weeks and should last 6 months. This post on the Microsoft ILM TechNet forums tells you everything you need to know to request participation.


Sun to Acquire Vaau

November 20, 2007

I’m a little slow on the news front these days, what with having a proper job and all, but I was doing some research on Identity Compliance and headed off the the Vaau website. What did I find? Vaau will shortly be swallowed up by Sun. Sun have made some smart acquisitions in the past, especially Waveset, and this looks like another. I spoke to the Vaau guys at Catalyst and was impressed with their breadth of vision. They didn’t seem to have a strong MIIS/ILM integration story, and I noticed the Sun logo on several of their demos, so I suppose it should have been pretty obvious what was coming. It’s slightly sad to see another small, innovative vendor disappear, but look on the bright side, at least I won’t have to struggle trying to pronounce their bizarre name anymore (vah-ow? vee-oo? vay-ow? vow?)

It will be interesting to see how this influences Microsoft. At the moment RBAC within the Microsoft IAM environment is either provided through AD and associated AD-centric vendors such as Quest and Netpro, or enterprise-wide RBAC is enabled via Omada integrated with MIIS/ILM. As far as I’m aware there will be no additional RBAC support in ILM2, so this situation is likely to continue for a while yet.

IAM at IT Forum

November 15, 2007

I didn’t make it to IT Forum in Barcelona this year, but colleagues from OCG are there holding the fort without me. There are plenty of interesting IAM announcements being made, especially around ILM 2 and the next wave of Microsoft IAM products.

There are short video interviews with key speakers on the “News & Happenings” page on the IT Forum web site. Of particular interest are:

On Day 1

“Amesh Mansukhani, Senior Product Manager, chews the fat with John Chirapurath, Director, Identity & Access Management, about Microsoft’s strategy and vision regarding Identity & Access Management. John also discusses the various products associated with this series today – Directory Services, Certificate Services, Federated Identity , Identity Lifecycle and Information Protection.”

On Day 2

“Don Schmidt, Principal Program Manager, dives deep into ADFS V2, which enables SSO and Identity Federation for Web services applications as well as for Web sites. This next generation identity federation and token server also enables Information Card based sign in to Web service applications and Web sites”

And on Day 3

“Amesh Mansukhani, Senior Product Manager, Identity & Access Group, chews the fat with John Morello, Program Manager, Windows Server Division, on Windows Server 2008 and what’s new with Certificate Services. They explore the two biggest features around manageability and revocation.”

Seems to be a lot of fat-chewing going on there. I’ll add more as I find it.