Microsoft Identity Crisis

Microsoft Forefront LogoMicrosoft has been developer software that helps keep Digital Identities (like account data, email accounts, etc) synchronized.  This piece of software has been having some Identity issues of its own, as I have recently discovered that it has yet again gone through some rebranding again.


In the last couple of years this application has gone through the names of:

It would have been nice if they hired some additional developers to finish the ILM 2 Beta up before rebranding the product again.

Uninstalling MIIS SP2

Microsoft Forefront LogoI ran into a small quirk while trying to uninstall MIIS SP2 using the ‘remove’ option in the installer.  When trying to remove MIIS, I got the error that I had provided the wrong credentials (I can’t remember the specifics, either wrong account, or wrong password).



In order to get around this, I had to:

  1. Run the Installer
  2. Select “Configure” from the initial screen–instead of remove.
  3. Type in my login credentials here, and click next.
  4. Hit back twice to bring me back to the initial screen.
  5. Select “Remove” instead of “Configure” this time.
  6. Next your way through the rest of the uninstall.

miisactivate.exe file loaction.

Recently we had our MIIS server renamed, when the server became a dedicated server.  Little did I know that this would prevent the service from starting on the computer.  The error in the event log on the server indicated that I needed to run the miisactivate.exe file in order to fix this issue.  I found this article on how to use miisactivate.exe.

While the article was useful, I had a little trouble finding the actual EXE file.  The technet article on Microsoft’s site says usage of this file is available in the MIIS 2003 Developer Reference, however no amount of searching through the Developer Reference would reveal where the file was.

Ultimately I found the file in this folder:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Identity Integration Server\Bin

This is the default installation directory, so you may need to adjust the folder path.

April 22, 2009 • Tags: , • Posted in: Technology • 2 Comments

Reinstalling MIIS to a new Database

Recently I have been setting up a new and imporved web environement at MICA.  This has involved colapsing some of our web servers and databases onto a single machine to free up resources.  Part of this experience involved reloacating an MIIS database to a new machine.

One particularly stupid error I ran into happened while setting up the connection to the new database server, that had a restored copy of the database.  After supplying the login credintials for the SQL Server, I would recieve this message:

The service account cannot access SQL server. Ensure that the server is accessible, the service account is not a local account being used with a remote SQL Server, and that the account doesn’t already have a SQL login

I checked all my credentials over and over, yet I could not get past this error message.  Ultimately what I discovered was that our domain was cAsEsEnSiTiVe, and I was using the wrong case–lower case.

Hope this helps someone else avoid a little pointless frustration.