Installation Requirements

Applies To: Forefront Identity Manager Certificate Management

To install FIM CM, you must meet specific hardware and software requirements. The following table shows the minimum hardware requirements for a FIM CM server, which is the computer that will run the FIM CM Portal and FIM CM Update Service.

Hardware requirements for a FIM CM server

Hardware Minimum requirement


An x64-capable processor


512 megabytes (MB) or more of random access memory (RAM)

Hard disk

3 GB of available hard disk space

Disk space requirements vary, based on use and log file management.

DVD drive

A CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


A monitor with a resolution of 1024x768

The FIM CM infrastructure involves more than just a FIM CM Portal and a FIM CM Update Service. The infrastructure also requires an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) installation, an Enterprise Certification Authority, and a SQL Server database. The following table describes the software requirements for FIM CM infrastructure.

Software requirements for FIM CM Infrastructure

Software Description

Operating System

FIM CM is supported when installed on servers running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 64-bit or Datacenter Edition 64-bit or Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. FIM CM is not supported on 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008.


FIM CM requires at least one or more of the following: 32-bit Windows Server 2003 CA, 32-bit Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition CA, or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Enterprise edition CA or Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. A single FIM CM server can manage multiple CAs, or you can use multiple FIM CM servers to manage one CA.

SQL Server 2008

FIM CM supports the 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise or SQL Server Standard.

securitySecurity Note
Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 is supported when using FIM 2010 Update 1.

IIS 7.x

FIM CM uses IIS 7 as its Web server to run the FIM CM Portal. The list of required IIS 7 components is shown in Prepare IIS 7 for FIM CM

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

FIM CM is a Microsoft .NET-connected application. You must install .NET Framework 3.5 on the server. If FIM CM is installed on the same server as SQL Server 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is required.

At least Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.x

Because FIM CM requires Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) for administrative traffic and certificates, at least Internet Explorer 6.x is required.


To deploy smart cards or enable online certificate updates, FIM CM requires the Microsoft® Forefront Identity Manager Certificate Management (FIM CM) client software, which it accesses through Internet Explorer. However, FIM CM does not require client-side software for you to manage software-based certificates.

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