Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 licensing and downloads

This article outlines the approaches for licensing Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) 2016, with pointers on where to download the software.

Licensing MIM for your organization

Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 is licensed on a per-user basis. The details on licensing are included in the Product Terms and related documents, which can be downloaded from the licensing terms page.

Licensing for Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 customers

Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 is included with Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 (P1 and P2), which is part of Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 is available through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, the Open Volume License Program, and the Cloud Solution Providers program. Azure and Microsoft 365 subscribers can also buy Microsoft Entra ID P1 and P2 online. Read more at Microsoft Entra pricing.


If you do not have Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 subscriptions for your users, and are using more MIM capabilities beyond synchronization, then a Client Access License (CAL) is required for each user whose identity is managed in MIM. If you want external users—such as business partners, external contractors, or customers—to be able to access MIM, you can acquire CALs for each of your external users, or acquire External Connector (EC) licenses. Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 CALs are not required for users whose identity is only in the Microsoft Identity Manager synchronization service and is not managed in any other MIM component.

Licenses for platform components

A Windows Server license is required to use Microsoft Identity Manager 2016’s server software as a Windows Server add-on. And a MIM deployment also requires a SQL Server installation. Windows Server and SQL Server licenses are not included with MIM.

Obtaining MIM software

Before starting a new install of MIM or an upgrade from an earlier version, ensure you have the latest versions.

If you are starting a fresh install, you will need to download the installation files for each MIM component that is relevant to your scenario. Then, download any updates for those files, and then download any additional components that are separate downloads from the Download Center.

Scenario Component Required for scenario? DVD ISO folder name Comments
Synchronization Sync Service (including connector to AD) Yes Synchronization Service
Synchronization PCNS No Password Change Notification Service To be installed on domain controllers
Synchronization Connectors for LDAP, SQL, Web Services, PowerShell, Lotus Domino, Graph No N/A Distributed via Download Center
Privileged Access Management MIM Service Yes Service and Portal
Self-service MIM Service, MIM Portal Yes Service and Portal
Self-service Add-ins and extensions No Add-ins and extensions To be installed on end-user PCs
Self-service SCSM Reporting No Data Warehouse Support Scripts
Self-service Hybrid reporting agent No N/A Distributed via Download Center
Self-service Language packs No LANGUAGE Packs
Certificate Management CM Yes Certificate Management
Certificate Management CM Bulk Client No CM Bulk Client
Certificate Management CM Client No CM Client
Certificate Management CM App for Windows No FIMCMModernApp*

Obtaining Windows installer packages

For a new installation, most organizations with Volume License agreements download the MIM installation packages from the Volume Licensing Service Center. The DVD ISO file contains one folder for each MIM component: Synchronization Service, Service and Portal, etc. If you are going to install the software on a different computer from which you downloaded it, be sure to copy either the entire ISO file or the folder for the component: do not merely copy just an MSI file out of a folder without the rest of the files and sub-folders.

If you do not have access to the Volume Licensing Service Center and have a subscription for Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2, you can download the Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 edition of MIM 2016. This edition includes the Synchronization Service and Service and Portal components of MIM 2016 SP2. All the changes from published hotfixes as of March 2021 are included in the installers. The MIM Service installer for the Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 edition, in order to validate your subscription, requires internet connectivity and will ask you to provide Microsoft Entra credentials with enough permissions to read subscribedSKUs.

If you do not have access to the Volume Licensing Service Center, customers with an appropriate developer subscription can also download MIM 2016 SP2 as an ISO file from Visual Studio My Benefits Downloads. Search for "Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 with Service pack 2".

Obtaining updates

After installing MIM from an MSI file, you should next install the necessary hotfixes.

Check the Identity Manager version release history for the most recent update release, which has a link to the download site for the installer patch files.

To determine which update files are necessary, this table lists the components and the name of the corresponding patch (MSP) file in an update.

Scenario Component DVD ISO folder name Corresponding update patch file name
Synchronization Sync Service Synchronization Service MIMSyncService_x64*.msp
Self-service MIM Service, MIM Portal Service and Portal MIMService_x64*msp
Self-service Add-ins and extensions Add-ins and extensions MIMAddinsExtensions*msp
Self-service Language packs LANGUAGE Packs LANGUAGE
Access management (BHOLD) BHOLD BHOLD AccessManagementConnector.msi, BHOLD*.msi
Certificate Management CM Certificate Management MIMCM*.msp
Certificate Management CM Bulk Client CM Bulk Client MIMCMBulkClient*msp
Certificate Management CM Client CM Client MIMCMClient*msp

Be sure to read any release notes associated with the update prior to installing the MSP file.

Updates to BHOLD are not distributed as MSP files, only as MSI installers.

Additional downloads

The following downloads may also be relevant:

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