Microsoft has finally released FIM (formerly ILM and MIIS). While it’s good to see this finally out the door, Microsoft has made a decision that I believe will severely hinder adoption. The system requirements include:
- Windows Server 2008 64-bit or Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter Editions
- SQL Server 2008 64-bit Standard or Enterprise Editions SP 1 or later
Unfortunately far too many enterprises are still unwilling to move to Windows 2008, much less 64 bit Windows 2008. So many of the enterprises will have to budget moving to 64 bit Windows and SQL Server 2008 as part of their evaluation of whether to start an IdM project.
And for the life of me I can’t see any technical reason for this limitation.