Microsoft Releases Windows Azure Active Directory Management Agent

For those that missed the announcement last week, Microsoft’s DirSync and FIM Sync teams have released an evaluation version of their new Windows Azure Active Directory Connector.

Available through Microsoft Connect, this replaces the Office 365 connector which was previously available only through Microsoft Consulting Services and select Microsoft partners.

An ECMA2 connector intended to be used when DirSync can’t, Microsoft still recommend using DirSync as the primary option.

This Management Agent is currently in evaluation stage only, however Microsoft is looking for clients that are willing to install it into production as part of their Technology Adoption Program. So, if you’re running FIM and Azure Active Directory in your organisation, this is probably a pretty good opportunity as they are offering production support as part of the TAP. Interested parties can contact Andreas Kjellman at Microsoft.

Any further queries should probably be directed to the Microsoft FIM 2010 Forum post covering the launch of the Windows Azure Active Directory connector that I ripped most of this information from.

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