Microsoft's identity management platform gets help

NetPro upgrades its tool for handling Microsoft's Identity Lifecycle Manager

Directory management vendor NetPro Monday beefed up its tool for handling Microsoft's Identity Lifecycle Manager with analytical reporting capabilities, auditing features and synchronization monitoring.

MissionControl 2.2 is compatible with Version 1 of Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) and includes support for SQL Server 2005 to support its reporting features.

The management tool gives users insight into what is happening within their identity systems and helps pinpoint trends that may aid in planning expansion or heading off trouble.

MissionControl was formerly called MissionControl for Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS). Microsoft changed the name of MIIS to ILM so NetPro dropped the MIIS.

ILM is Microsoft's platform for identity synchronization, certificate and password management, and user provisioning. It was originally the company's meta-directory technology, which Microsoft purchased from Zoomit in 1999.

The software includes 10 pre-built reports including Management Agent Activity Trend, Management Agent Changes, Meta-Verse Audit and Performance Statistics.

MissionControl's analytical reporting features are based on OLAP cubes, which allow users to slice and dice data in various and customized ways.

"Mangers know they can truly save dollars using identity management, but when the system is up and running people don't understand the overall benefit," says Rod Simons, director of product management at NetPro. "Administrators cannot easily say we created this number of identities, deleted this number of identities, this is the number of attributes that have been synchronized across this number of systems. There is no fundamental understanding of how much repetitive work you have eliminated."

With the analytical reporting features in MissionControl users can now pull that data out of ILM. The software also provides a historical look at synchronization times between ILM and the identity systems connected to it so users can do predictive trending on the growth of their installation. The information also can be used to determine how to efficiently schedule synchronizations and to add new systems that need to synchronize with ILM.

NetPro competes with Quest Software and NetIQ with its directory management software.

MissionControl 2.2 is priced at US$7,500 per five management agents and US$7,500 per ILM server installation.

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