Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

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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