Microsoft Identity Manager 2016

by Robi 13. March 2018 21:08

SharePoint, DirSync and Azure AD Connect are just some of the products that use Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 to synchronize identities in the background. Therefore, Office 365 and the federation of domains between your on premise Active Directory and Azure AD depends on the successful synchronization of Microsoft Identity Manager.

The above stated reasons, especially the integration with SharePoint Server and the O365 environment has forced me to learn how to use a new product such as MIM. In my next articles I will describe different scenarios and solutions, that the implementation of this product brings.

Identity management

MIM 2016 is a product designed for identity management (idm for short). To understand what idm is, we must first understand what identity is.


An identity is a summary of information about an object, such as groups, people or other resources we use in our daily work, such as computers, printers and other objects that are important for our business and that we need to save information about. In the world of IT however, problems arise because these objects are usually saved in different data sources and there is a big possibility, that these sources are not compatible with one another.


Identity management consists of applications/services that synchronize different data sources and make sure that we have a central repository that connects these sources and makes sure that changes made to one source are replicated to other sources.


MIM is made up of many different components. The implementation of components depends on the needs and scenarios in your organization.

MIM Service Portal and the Application Base

The MIM service is connected to the MIM portal and the application database, which ensures the MIM portal functions properly. It also contains all data about different sources and configurations.

MIM Synchronization Service

The main functionality of the MIM synchronization service is the ability to connect to various data sources and the ability to synchronize them.

MIM Self-Service Password Reset Portal

Out of the box, MIM also contains a portal, where users can register to a password changing portal. The portal contains a standard procedure, where users can set a couple of security questions, that they must then answer correctly at the password changing portal.

Certificate Management

The main function of certificate management is issuing certificates. It is mostly used in smart card scenarios.

In my first article about MIM, I wanted to summarize the main characteristics of the products and its most common use cases. In my next articles I will describe the different concepts and configuration of MIM Server.

Robi Vončina

SharePoint MVP


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