IT Services Alerts - New Identity Management solution & impacts, week beginning 17th Nov

Update: Monday, 17th November 2014, 12.45pm

As advertised below, provisioning of new staff and student computer accounts, and modification of existing accounts and group memberships is now suspended. This suspension is necessary to allow the legacy systems to be disconnected and the new Identity Management system to be brought online. The deployment will take place over several days and progress updates will be posted here.  Our expectation is that there will be no disruption to services, however, service administrators should consider authentication to services ‘at risk’ during this week.

First Posted: Friday, 14th November 2014, 2.45pm

Throughout 2014, Information Systems Services has been preparing to deploy Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), an Identity Management Solution for College that will replace the existing legacy systems that provision and manage College computer accounts.  FIM introduces many new features and technologies that will help to make it easier to manage access to College services for College staff and students, increase productivity, reduce administrative overhead and enable easier integration of future systems into the TCD architecture.  Over the last several months the project team have completed testing to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

The final piece of work in the deployment is to cut over to the new system during the week beginning November 17th 2014.  During this cutover phase, provisioning of new staff and student computer accounts, and modification of existing accounts and group memberships will be suspended.  This suspension is necessary to allow the legacy systems to be disconnected and the new system to be brought online.  The deployment will, by necessity, take place over several days and progress updates will be posted there and to Twitter at twitter.com/tcdisservices.

Should accounts or modifications be required urgently, a facility to accommodate this will be in place.  Our expectation is that there will be no disruption to services, however, service administrators should consider authentication to services ‘at risk’ during the week beginning November 17th.  In the event of complications during this work we have procedures in place to resolve issues quickly and fully restore services.