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Asynchronous FIM Run Profile Execution

Update 2011-09-21: I updated the output of the job to be a custom PSObject with more detail about the job.

I am finally to the point in my FIM project where I need to start automating tasks. I took a look at several examples of using PowerShell to start FIM Run Profiles. I wasn't quite satisfied with them as I knew I could do imports async to save time. Finally, a real reason to look into using the Start-Job cmdlet. I am hoping I can use async for exports as well. I imagine others can use this example to multi-thread other processes since it handles most of the basics.
  1. function Start-FIMRunProfile {  
  2.     param (  
  3.         [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  4.         [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]  
  5.         [Alias('MA')]  
  6.         [string] $MaName,  
  8.         [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  9.         [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]  
  10.         [Alias('Profile')]  
  11.         [Alias('Run')]  
  12.         [string] $RunProfile,  
  14.         [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]  
  15.         [Alias('Computer')]  
  16.         [string] $ComputerName = '.'  
  17.     )   
  19.     Start-Job -Name "$($ComputerName)\$($maName) ($($profileName))" -ArgumentList $MaName,$RunProfile,$ComputerName -ScriptBlock {  
  20.         param($MaName$RunProfile$ComputerName)  
  22.         $ma = Get-WmiObject -Class "MIIS_ManagementAgent" -Namespace "root\MicrosoftIdentityIntegrationServer" -Filter "Name = '$MaName'" -Computer $ComputerName  
  23.         $started = Get-Date  
  24.         $result = $ma.Execute($RunProfile)  
  25.         $finished = Get-Date  
  27.         $ma | Select-Object @{N='MA';E={$MaName}},@{N='RunProfile';E={$RunProfile}},@{N='Result';E={$result.ReturnValue}},@{N='Started';E={$started}},@{N='Finished';E={Get-Date}},@{N='Duration';E={(Get-Date) - $started}},@{N='Details';E={[xml]$ma.RunDetails().ReturnValue}}  
  29.         if ($result.ReturnValue -ne 'success') {  
  30.             throw $result.ReturnValue  
  31.         }  
  32.     }  
  33. }  
Calling the function is really simple, you can even pipe the output over to the other *-Job cmdlets.
  1. Start-FIMRunProfile 'FIMMA' 'Daily Import'  
  2. Start-FIMRunProfile 'ADMA' 'Daily Import'  
  3. Get-Job | Wait-Job | Receive-Job  
  4. Start-FIMRunProfile 'ADMA' 'Daily Sync' | Wait-Job | Receive-Job  
  5. Start-FIMRunProfile 'FIMMA' 'Daily Sync' | Wait-Job | Receive-Job  
  6. Start-FIMRunProfile 'ADMA' 'Daily Export'  
  7. Start-FIMRunProfile 'FIMMA' 'Daily Export'  
  8. Get-Job | Wait-Job | Receive-Job  


  1. It seems intermittent, but I run into sql-deadlock errors on spids where mms_run_history is being updated. Have you seen this in your environment at all?

  2. No I haven't, the only time I have seen that is if I have tried running more than one sync at a time ...

  3. yeah I would have expected it on the syncs, but this is occurring on Full Import jobs (though I imagine delta and exports should show the same behavior). The issue occurs regardless of how many MAs there are (tried with 8 and later with just 3) and does not occur for all MAs scripted to import.

    Thanks for the quick response though. And, I'll post a resolution should I stumble across one :). For now my work-around is running the imports sequentially.


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