Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 SP1 Hits GA

Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) 2016 Service Pack 1 is now generally available. End of support of System Center Reporting Manager 2006.

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Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 Service Pack 1 is now generall available, and includes features like cross-browser support, new product platforms and easier deployment options of the Privileged Access Management components.

In addition, customers can now leverage an Office 365 mailbox for Identity Manager self-service group requests, approvals and email notifications.

"This helps customers who have invested in a hybrid infrastructure of having MIM on-premises and Office 365 reduce the need for on-premises Exchange servers," writes Microsoft.

A new menu driven PowerShell scripts, which "automate configuration and deployment of MIM in a Privileged Access Management environment (also known as a bastion forest) is added," microsoft said.

Additionally, "creation of Authentication Policy templates, bound to Authentication Policy Silos, that limit specific access to resources contained in the silo" added as well.

You can find more information and download links on the Microsoft Identity Manager product page.

Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 Sevice Pack 1

Microsoft anoounced System Center Reporting Manager 2006 end of support as on October 11, 2016.

For monitoring and reporting capabilities, you can learn more about System Center Operations Manager here, and System Center Configuration Manager over here.

Those who are new, "System Center Reporting Manager 2006 was built as a Microsoft SQL Server-based data warehouse that integrated management data from Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, asset information from Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, and business context data to create customized queries and reports. No subsequent versions of this product were released. "

A few useful PowerShell scripts for Exchange and Office 365 Admins are available over on the Microsoft Script Center.

The 3 scripts below can be used today:

  • Install Exchange 2016 Pre-requisites.ps1 (download here) – makes it easier to install Exchange 2016 prerequisites
  • O365_Installs_Connections.ps1 (download here) – makes it easier to prepare machines from which you administer Office 365
  • O365_Logon Module 9download here) – an easier way to log into Office 365 services using PowerShell