Installing the all new VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) 2.4

VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is the exciting next evolution of Workspace Portal, a critical piece within the Horizon Suite providing application provisioning, self-service catalog, conditional access controls and Single Sign-On (SSO) for SaaS, web, cloud and native mobile applications. Playing a central role in the One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device initiative, you're going to start hearing a lot more about vIDM in the coming weeks and months. To find out more about this new release, check out my vIDM announcement post.
Installing vIDM using the vSphere Web Client

NOTE: I used a beta build throughout this post so some screenshots may reference WorkspacePortal where your deployment says Identity Manager


  • Static IP

  • Pre-configured DNS entry

  • Active Directory

  • User Authentication Methods (AD, Kerberos, RSA, etc etc)

  • 2 vCPU / 6GB RAM / 24 GB Disk space (minimum)

  • Port 443 must be open in Firewalls for external access

  • Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE 10/11, Safari, Microsoft Edge (use latest available version unelss specified)

  1. Deploy the downloaded OVA

    1. In the vSphere Web Client, right click your cluster and choose Deploy OVF Template

    2. Select your OVA file, Review the file details, and accept the EULA

    3. Choose your desired storage and network, then customize the deployment with the following items
      NOTE: You can enter these values in the vApp properties post-deployment if you don't want to enter them now. If you do this, be sure to UNcheck Power On After Deployment

      1. FQDN (make sure DNS forward and reverse entries exist)

      2. Default Gateway

      3. DNS Server

      4. IP Address

      5. Netmask

    4. Review all the deployment info and click Finish

  2. Once deployment is completed, you can now power on the vApp - it will take longer during the first boot.
    NOTE: if you skipped entering the network details earlier, edit these in the vApp Properties before powering on.

  3. When booting is complete, you should see a screen similar to the one below. If you see errors or the boot doesn't seem to complete, you may need to delete from disk, and attempt re-deploy.

  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to navigate to https://<fqdn>:8443

  5. Here we'll see a new yet familiar Setup Wizard

  6. Click Next and set your passwords (make sure you document these passwords!!)

  7. Select your Database - Internal will use an embedded PostgreSQL DB

  8. Wait for the appliance to configure the DB and ensure there are no errors

  9. When setup is complete, you're instructed to login to the administration console with the admin credentials you just setup

  10. Clicking the administration console link brings you to the login page where you'll enter the admin username and password previously configured

  11. Congratulations, you've now done the initial configuration of the vIDM appliance!

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