FIM 2010 R2 SSPR Portals – 503: Service Unavailable / App Pool Services Stopping

This is a quick one and one I am going to jot down because sometimes the resolution to issues is really quite simple. Last night, I deployed SSPR onto its own server, and in my validation of the implementation, each time I accessed one of the SSPR portals I would get a 503 error (i.e….


Installing FIM SSPR Portals & Error: "Unable to connect to the Internet Information Server (Error: -2147221164)"

This evening, I was installing the FIM 2010 R2 Self-Server Password Register and Reset portals on a server when I received the following error (sorry I didn’t take a screen-shot): “Unable to connect to the Internet Information Server (Error: -2147221164)” A quick Bing search of the error code resulted in nothing — I didn’t bother…


Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service is having trouble contacting SQL server — Bah!

When installing FIM, do you ever get one of these: “Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service is having trouble contacting SQL server using the provided information. Please note that Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1 or better. Verify the version, server and instance names as well as firewall settings and try…


SQL Server MA Resulting throwing "stopped-server" Exception

Last night, the one of our SQL MAs stopped working correctly with no apparent reason. Whatever happened, the result was that every time we run a full import on one of our SQL MAs, it reports a status of stopped-server. Literally, running a full import was causing the FIM Synchronization service to stop! Bizzare  …


Hiding the Display of Domain Information in the FIM 2010 Password Reset Portal

One of the features of FIM 2010 R2 is that the password reset portal is now anonymously accessible; therefore, extranet – including even internet – users can register and reset their passwords from a non-domain joined machine. If I am not mistaken, this was one of the most requested enhancements to the product and its…


Debugging the FIM 2010 SSPR "PWUnrecoverableError" error

Last night, I had a particularly devilish time trying to figure out why when users were attempting to reset their passwords, they were receiving the following error: “An error has occurred. Please try again, and if the problem persists, contact your help desk or system administrator. (Error 3000)” Nothing like an error list this to…


Ever Seen One of These? InvalidRepresentationException

While doing some custom FIM Activity development, I came across an exception that I had never seen before, so I thought I’d throw up a quick entry so I don’t forget what it meant.  It was the InvalidRepresentationException. Here is the stack trace: Microsoft.ResourceManagement.WebServices.Exceptions.InvalidRepresentationException: Exception of type ‘Microsoft.ResourceManagement.WebServices.Exceptions.InvalidRepresentationException’ was thrown.   at Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Utilities.ExceptionManager.ThrowException(Exception exception)   at Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Data.Exception.DataAccessExceptionManager.ThrowException(SqlException…


Troubleshooting Debugging Custom FIM 2010 Workflow Activities: Common Irritants

This article is a reference for those who are having difficulities setting up their environment to debug custom workflow activities: Common Irritant 1: Unable to attach to the process in Visual Studio Symptoms: When attempt to attach to the wp3 and Microsoft.ResourceManagement processes on the Portal server so that you can step through the code…


Publishing a Custom Work Flow Activity to FIM 2010: Step-by-step

I have had a couple of newer FIM consultants ask me how to “get their custom activities into FIM”. Having not found a relatively concise AND comprehensive blog entry on it, I thought I’d put one together. You must do the following to upload a custom activity to the FIM Portal and configure it so…


Schema Retrieval Failed? Take Care When Creating Navbar Resources!

Last night, I spent a good 5 hours trying to determine why when a member of the Administrator set logged into the portal, they were receiving the Unable to process your request error page and in the event log on the Portal/Service server, the following entry was created: Requestor:urn:uuid:XXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX Microsoft.ResourceManagement: System.InvalidOperationException: Schemaretrieval failed.     at…