Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hoping for your help...

Christmas is approaching and this year I'm trying out something new...

All donation received at this blog will go uncut to the H.C. Andersen Childrens hospital in my hometown of Odense, Denmark. They do a really wonderful job with the children there and I'd like to support that work.

Therefore, if you're using either the MARunScheduler or the PowerShell Management Agent, please donate anything you can - even very small donations (a few dollars) will help the cause - and I'll make sure to include your name in the letter that will accompany the check for the hospital - no matter the amount.

Hoping for your support before Christmas / December 21st, 2012 - and thanks to all of you who have already donated.

Thank you so much...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PowerShell Management Agent 4 released

I'm very happy to announce that version 4 of the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent is available for download.

This new version has support for deltas and can scale very nicely.

This Management Agent has proved to be a regular switch army nice for getting FIM to talk to systems that have no Management Agent. There have been reports from around the globe of people using this Management Agent for managing anything from Office 365 users, Lync users, Exchange mailboxes to DHCP scopes.

I'm very happy to see the 500+ downloads of the previous version here in 2012 and trust that this new version will also reach that number.

The popularity of this Management Agent also mean that I do get a lot of support questions and kind requests for help in constructing the PowerShell scripts for use with this MA. I cannot accommodate everyone, so please do not be surprised if I don't answer your mail with support questions.

As a lot of people around the world are using this MA, I recommend that you direct your questions to the general FIM 2010 forum where a lot of skilled FIM guys and girls are ready to help. I'm also monitoring that forum and will try to answer questions from time to time.

Get the MA and help a good cause/charity in 2012
I'm currently trying to gather a small amount of donations for a good cause/charity here in 2012. So if you're using the PowerShell MA and download the new version, then please do consider making an appropriate donation. By the end of the year, I'll donate the amount collected to a childrens hospital here in my hometown, Odense, Denmark - with appropriate credit to donators.

Finally, I want to thank Kent Nordström and Jason Taylor for their assistance in rooting out any obvious bugs for this release.

So now, go read all about it and get it here. And please help spread the word on Twitter and other appropriate medias.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hotfix rollup package (build 4.1.2548.0) available

A few days back Microsoft released another rollup hotfix for FIM 2010 R2. It includes some important fixes and particular it should be able to fix the error introduced in 4.1.2515.2 where the Microsoft.MetadirectoryServicesEx.dll assembly was changed but the version number didn't.

Read more about it here (http://support.microsoft.com/?id=2750671)

Are you actually using Kerberos in your FIM setup?

When installing FIM 2010 R1/R2 it is recommended to use Kerberos throughout the installing; in fact some parts of FIM just won't work without it. But how to you actually verify that you're accessing and getting validated on your websites using Kerberos and not 'just' NTLM?

I want to point you in the direction of a nifty little tool that I always use to verify that I'm using Kerberos on, let's say, the FIM 2010 R2 Password Reset and Registration Portals.

Have a look at it on Michel Barnevelds blog for his Kerberos Authentication Tester and go check those websites/services of yours.

Monday, November 5, 2012

MARunScheduler released

I've just released a new version of the MARunScheduler. This product is normally free and will be free again at the start of 2013.

However, for the rest of 2012 this new version can only be purchased. All revenue generated from purchases of the MARunScheduler will be donated to charities.

Hopefully, I'll be able to announce that the MARunScheduler has helped a charity by the end of the year.

You can read more about MARunScheduler here (http://blog.goverco.com/p/marunscheduler.html)

Please help spread the word...