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June 17, 2014

FIM EnumerateResource returns "nothing" when TotalResultsCount = 1

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After adding workflow elements to enumerate an object, the ResorceType that gets returned is "nothing", however TotalResultsCount is 1 or more.

What's going on?

I'd added three separate enumerations to a workflow, and they worked fine. I added a fourth (enumerating a /Person resource) it was returning blank, despite the xpath being correct.

My standard set of workflow modules for doing an enumerate is normally this;

  • Code: prepareToEnumerate
  • EnumerateResource: enumerate
  • Hidden: Iteration handler
  • Code: Deug logging

There are two sets of code associated with a workflow;

  • MyWorkflow.vb - contains the code executed by the workflow objects entered into the designer
  • - is the saffolding for the designer, and holds metadata about your code

The modules I'd created in the designer previously seem to have been added just fine to the designer.vb file. However the last one wasn't - there was no reference to my hidden iteration handler, so I added it manually using the excelent guide at missmiis's blog.

The process she describes adds-in a reference to your hidden iterator code, and manually adds your iterator code as a handler to the EnumerateResource code. The design.vb code contains comments warning about making changes - seems like they can be safely ignored.

There's lots of stuff on the web that implies all enumerateResource code that requires an iterator needs to be manually added to the design.vb code. I'm still convinced that the first few enumerates I added worked automatically, and that maybe some other aspect (like the enumerate object was added to an if-else block) prevented it being added. I'll post an update once Ive experimented a little more.

October 04, 2013

FIM Service Will Not Start After Installation

The FIM Service needs an internet connection to complete installation. If you use a FIM development or sandbox environment that is isolated from your main network and the Internet, you may find the FIM Service will not start at the end of the installation process, and fails with a timeout error.

The issue is caused because the default timout for a service to start-up is 30seconds. The FIM Service uses the .NET 3 framework, and at FIM Service startup the .NET CLR attempts to validate the .NET authenticode signature by connecting to a microsoft web-site. If you have no connection to the Internet the authenticode certificate revocation check will wait for several minutes before timing out, by which time the FIM service-startup has timed-out.

I resolved the problem by configuring an additional temporary network interface to my VM which natted to my real network. Once the VM could 'see' the Internet to do the signature check, the FIM Service started normally. Then I removed my temporary network interface.

You could also:

(FIM service fails to start. Fim service does not start. Fim installation fails)

August 13, 2013

Connecting to the FIM Web Service from custom applications

I've been evaluating Groovy/Grails vs .NET as a method of making a better FIM Portal and struggled to find clear documentationon on the right address to use to connect to the FIM web service from a development environment.

First check that the FIM web service is actually running on your FIM Service server.

Connect to the server, open a command window, and type netstat -a You should see entries for and indicating that the FIM Service is listening on these ports. [If you changed the default ports during install, you should see the FIM service listening on your custom ports.] If these ports aren't listed, then the FIM Web Service isn't listening and you need to get it running before you go any further.

To access the FIM Web Service, use the address:


If you have Visual Studio handy, a quick way to check FIM Web Service is working is to create a new web project, add a Service Reference, paste in the address above with your server name (or localhost), and click the Go button. Click to expand the Service node and you will see the service types and operations available:

Accessing the FIM Web Service from Visual Studio

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