Get the FIM libraries

From the %program files%\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Service folder on the FIM server, copy the following files:
  • Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation.dll
  • Microsoft.IdentityManagement.Logging.dll
  • Microsoft.ResourceManagement.dll

Copy the FIM binaries to a local drive.

Check the target machine OS version

The location of the utility we will used depends on the OS you're running.

On a 64-bit machine, InstallUtil, resides at


While the 32-bit defaults to:


Use the right tool version

As suggested by Brad Turner (here


set-alias installutil $env:windir\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\installutil 
installutil .\Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation.dll


set-alias installutil $env:windir\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\installutil 
installutil .\Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation.dll

Register the FIM libraries

  1. InstallUtil.exe -i .\Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation.dll
  2.  gacutil -i Microsoft.ResourceManagement.dll
  3. gacutil -i Microsoft.IdentityManagement.Logging.dll

Load the pssnap-in

From the Powershell command console execute this command to load the snapin:

add-pssnapin FIMAutomation

You will see that lots of scripts load the snap-in during executing, like

If(@(get-pssnapin | where-object {$_.Name -eq "FIMAutomation"} ).count -eq 0) {add-pssnapin FIMAutomation}

Run Powershell with remote URI 

In your FIM powershell scripts you need to define the URI, which refers to the FIM Service.
When you run powershell scripts from the FIM Service machine, the URI is set to local host, like

But when you run the powershell remotely, you'll need to change that localhost to the remote FIM Service machine name.

In lots of scripts this setting is defined as a variable in the beginning of the script, like

set-variable -name URI -value http://localhost:5725/ -option constant

Hints & Tips 

Drive mapping

If you attempt this from a mapped drive you will receive the following error:

Exception occurred while initializing the installation:
System.IO.FileLoadException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation, Version=4.0.2592.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. Failed to grant minimum permission requests. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131417).


.gacutil is not available on Windows Server 2012 per default.

Use a Powershell-Script like this to register the FIM libaries instead:

cd C:\Install\FIMResourcemanagement
set-alias installutil $env:windir\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\installutil
installutil .\Microsoft.ResourceManagement.Automation.dll
Set-location "C:\Install\FIMResourcemanagement"
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load("System.EnterpriseServices, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a")
$publish = New-Object System.EnterpriseServices.Internal.Publish
$publish.GacInstall("c:\Install Microsoft.ResourceManagement.dll")

See also