Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Careful of how you use those question-and-answer gates

One of the features of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” is self-service password re-set.  That feature sits on top of a generic facility of the Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager service that provides for multi-factor authentication.  To explain, one can define any number of management policy rules in Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2,” each of which may…

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Body of Lies

I read a lot of spy fiction.  I have observed that the sociology of an espionage organization, as depicted, especially by Len Deighton, is very similar to that of a software development enterprise.  While I may expand on that observation in more detail here, at some point, suffice to say, now, that in both cases,…

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Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Some definitions you may find useful

Requests   In the argot of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager, a request is a request to perform some operation on resource or on all or some of the attributes of a resource.  The resource to which a request refers is generally known as the target of the request.    Sets   A set is a…

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A Fifteenth-Century Dilbert Cartoon

Reading Judith Barker’s excellent Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, I came across what is, in effect, an early fifteenth-century Dilbert cartoon.  Barker, in discussing the strategic logistical planning for the Agincourt campaign, which Henry V of England undertook by invading France in the early 1400’s, notes that gunpowder had been invented,…

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Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" What is it about Canadians and identity?

A startling proportion of our team, including myself, are Canadians, either by birth, or, like me, by naturalization.  Also, two of the products that Microsoft purchased and are now incorporated into Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2”–the synchronization engine that used to be marketed by itself as Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003, and the smart card…

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Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Why am I able to talk about it now?

That I am able to spend time blogging about Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” has nothing to do with some scary marketing person suddenly declaring that we are allowed to talk about the product now, when we weren’t able to before.  We’ve been public about the product in general, and most of its intended features…

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Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" The Policy User Interface

A previous post introduced you to Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager “2”‘s concept of policy.  We provide a user interface for managing and creating policies.  Here are some screenshots stepping through the process of creating a policy to allow users to read any information about themselves (which may or may not be a policy that you…

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