Installation Guide

Applies To: Forefront Identity Manager 2010

Information technology (IT) professionals can use this Microsoft Forefront® Identity Manager (FIM 2010 R2) Installation Guide to install FIM 2010. A FIM 2010 deployment has two major component groups, the server side and the client side.

The server-side components are as follows:

  • FIM Synchronization Service

  • FIM Service

  • FIM Portal

  • FIM Password Portal

  • FIM Service and Portal Language Pack

The client-side components are as follows:

  • FIM Add-in for Outlook®

  • FIM Password Reset Extensions

  • FIM Add-ins and Extensions Language Pack

For information about installing Forefront Identity Manager Certificate Management (FIM CM), see FIM CM Deployment in the FIM documentation.

What This Document Covers

This document covers the installation of FIM 2010. It discusses the steps to successfully deploy FIM 2010 in your environment. It also discusses the installation of each of the components and subcomponents that make up a FIM 2010 installation.

For an overview of FIM 2010 documentation and guidance for using it, see the Documentation Roadmap.

Prerequisite Knowledge

This document assumes that you have a basic understanding of the following IT tasks:

  • Installing software on server and client computers

  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS), Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 database software, Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 or 2010

  • A description of how to set up and configure dependent technologies such as AD DS, SQL Server 2008, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is out of the scope of this document.


This document is intended for IT planners, systems architects, technology decision-makers, consultants, infrastructure planners, and IT personnel who plan to deploy FIM 2010.


FIM supports a variety of deployment topologies. Each of the main components may be installed separately or in combination on individual servers. They are include the following:

  • FIM Service

  • FIM Synchronization Service

  • FIM Portal

  • FIM Password Portal

  • SQL Server 2008 database for the FIM Service

  • SQL Server 2008 database for the FIM Synchronization Service

In addition, the FIM Service and the FIM Portal can be scaled to support multiple servers. For more information, see Overview of Network Load Balancing ( and Office SharePoint Server Farm Architecture (

The following topics describe how to install and configure FIM 2010: