Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003

A few years ago, Microsoft acquired a little known company called Zoomit

for its metadirectory services product called VIA. This product soon

became known as Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS) and was release

in versions 2.0 and 2.1. With the release of MMS 3.0, Microsoft has

officially re-branded the software as Microsoft Identity Integration

Server (MIIS) 2003. Though the acronym for the product may be confusing

to some (i.e. Microsoft IIS), the software is nothing like Internet

Information Server.

MIIS is Microsoft's metadirectory services product that can provision

accounts across the enterprise and into disparate systems such as Active

Directory, NT 4.0, Exchange 5.5, Novell eDirectory, and many others.

The ability to provision and manage accounts across the enterprise

allows you to keep accounts and even passwords synchronized throughout

your company. This is extremely beneficial to organizations that have a

multitude of systems that have their own accounts database repository

and even more so for companies that are very large and have to

constantly add, remove, and modify existing accounts within many

systems. In addition, since most organizations rank password resets as

the number one call to the help desk, reducing this management burden

for the help desk can dramatically reduce costs and overhead within your

organization.

MIIS runs on Windows 2003 Server and requires SQL Server 2000 as its

underlying database repository. It comes in two different versions:

1) Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, which

allows for identity integration/directory synchronization, account

provisioning/de-provisioning, and password management

2) Identity Integration Feature Pack for Microsoft Windows Server Active

Directory, which provides identity integration/directory synchronization

and account provisioning/de-provisioning - but only between Active

Directory

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