Upgrading Workspace Portal to VMware Identity Manager (vIDM)

In this post, we’ll be upgrading an HA Cluster of Workspace Portal 2.1.1 to vIDM 2.4 per the official documentation instructions. Some technical knowledge of pgAdmin and other tools is assumed in the official guide, so hopefully this post can help fill the gaps. Step 1: Break the HA configuration Upgrading requires us to temporarily … More Upgrading Workspace Portal to VMware Identity Manager (vIDM)

VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) Web App Integrations

Our vIDM (FKA Workspace Portal) developers are hard at work delivering SAML-based SSO integration documentation for Web apps and other 3rd party identity provider integrations. Since previous versions of Workspace had a “This functionality exists.. so good luck!” mentality, I’m really excited to share a new landing page for these support resources: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vidm_webapp_sso.html  At the … More VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) Web App Integrations

Workspace Portal, Access Policies, and Kerberos authentication

You’ve decided it’s time to expand your Workspace Portal deployment from internal-only, to also allow external access. You’ve setup your Load Balancer, gotten your certificates in place, and now you’re tasked with configuring internal and external authentication methods. This post covers the configuration needed for Kerberos on internal connections, while allowing username/password authentication from external … More Workspace Portal, Access Policies, and Kerberos authentication

Workspace Portal Administrative Consoles

Workspace Portal has had a few facelifts over the years. Some remember the Horizon Workspace 1.x days of the multi-vm vApp where 5 different VMs were responsible for 5 different services. One difficulty resulting from this architecture was different VMs, with different URLs, that had different settings. This vApp then went down to 4 VMs … More Workspace Portal Administrative Consoles

How to customize the "Download Workspace for Windows" URL in Workspace Portal

If you’ve found yourself directing users to download the Workspace for Windows Client by telling them to login to Workspace, click their name, and choose “Download” only to find it takes them to http://www.vmware.com.. you’re not the only one! Users should be able to download the Windows Client directly by clicking “Download” There’s even a … More How to customize the "Download Workspace for Windows" URL in Workspace Portal

Workspace Portal SSL Certificates [updated for vIDM]

[Updated September 2015] The below process was originally written for Workspace Portal 2.1 and can be applied to vIDM. Any differences in process has been placed appropriately within the post. VMware strongly recommends that you configure SSL certificates that are signed by a valid Certificate Authority (CA) for use by Workspace Portal. A default SSL … More Workspace Portal SSL Certificates [updated for vIDM]

How to setup NGINX as a reverse proxy for Workspace Portal 2.1

Per Workspace Portal’s installation guide, During deployment, Workspace is set up inside the internal network. If you want to provide access to Workspace for users connecting from outside networks, you must install a load balancer, such as Apache, nginx, F5, and so on, in the DMZ. This process is unfortunately outside of VMware’s Documentation scope as every environment is … More How to setup NGINX as a reverse proxy for Workspace Portal 2.1

How to patch Shellshock in Workspace Portal

VMware has released official bash patches for Horizon Workspace and Workspace Portal to address the recently discovered shellshock bug. Be sure to review kb.vmware.com/kb/2091067 as you must apply the correct patch for your exact version of Workspace. How to tell if your Workspace instance is currently vulnerable To test, run the following command on each … More How to patch Shellshock in Workspace Portal