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Cut down on your PowerShell code with the Lithnet FIM Service PowerShell module

The FIMAutomation PowerShell module requires you to write a lot of code to perform even the most basic tasks. Let’s have a look at the following example in which Paul Williams provides some very well-written code for updating the EmployeeEndDate attribute of a user using the FIMAutomation snap-in.
Now lets look at doing the same thing with the Lithnet FIM Service PowerShell module

The same task requires much less code, and much easier to understand. Perhaps most importantly, we don’t need to understand the inner workings of the FIM Service itself (import changes, put operations, etc) to do something as simple as updating an attribute value. Just get, set, and save.

Version control your FIM Service configuration

Keeping track of your FIM Service configuration can seem like a daunting task. Even more so when you have multiple DEV, QA, and production instances that need to be kept consistent. We can make version controlling the FIM service a lot easier with some simple modifications to the schema, some clever scripts and a bit of process control. This post will reference the configuration management capabilities of the Lithnet FIM Service PowerShell module, but the same concepts can apply even when using your own tools. Firstly, break up your FIM service design into components. A component is a collection of resources such as sets, MPRs and workflows that come together to perform a particular function. For example, the self-service password reset functionality can be grouped together as an SSPR component. You might have a group of workflows, sets and email templates that handle expiry notifications. I generally use the following components as a starting point; User Interface (RCDCs, Nav bar …