The purpose of this document is to illustrate how to create an Export Run Profile that will dump the exporting data to a drop file. 


Exporting to a drop file creates a DSML file.  This file can be found in the Management Agent folder under the %programfiles%\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service\MADATA\<Name of Management Agent>

*NOTE* if you are using an older version of the product your path might look like %programfiles%\Microsoft Identity Integration Server\MADATA\<Name of Management Agent>.

As we know, an export is always a delta.  It only writes what needs to be written.  So by dropping the data to export to a drop file dumps the objects that are being exported, with the action, the attribute and attribute value to be written.

Benefits of dumping to a drop file

  1. Review the objects that are going to be exported
  2. Understanding the action (Add, Modify, or Delete) that will be taken on the object to be exported
  3. Understanding what attributes will be updated on the object to be exported
  4. Provides a way of testing the export before exporting to the connected data source
  5. Provides a way of testing when running into export performance or timeout issues


  1. In the Synchronization Service Manager Console, select Management Agents
  2. Select the Target Management Agent that you are planning to run the export
  3. From the Actions menu, select Configure Run Profiles
  4. Click the New Profile button
  5. Call it: Export – Drop File
  6. On the Configure Step tab, Select the Type Dropdown: Export
  7. Click the Set Log File Options
  8. Choose the 3rd option: Create a log file and stop the run. Do not export to data source. (Test Only).
  9. Type a file name (e.g. MyMA-Export.XML)
  10. After selecting the log file, your screen should look a little like this one here.
  11. Click the Next button
  12. Click the Finish button


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