In this model, you install the VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance in the DMZ. You also install a standalone VMware Identity Manager connector virtual appliance in outbound-only connection mode in the enterprise network. This model does not include any AirWatch components.
User and group sync from your enterprise directory and user authentication are handled by the standalone VMware Identity Manager connector. The connector can also sync resources, such as Horizon 7 desktops and applications, to the VMware Identity Manager service.
Some authentication methods do not require the connector and are managed directly by the service.
Use the standalone connector instead of the connector that is integrated with the VMware Identity Manager appliance to sync users and groups and for user authentication.
If you plan to configure certificate authentication, enable SSL pass-through on port 6443 at the load balancer in front of VMware Identity Manager.
If you plan to configure Android SSO, enable SSL pass-through on port 5262 at the load balancer in front of VMware Identity Manager.
The following ports are required to be opened at the load balancer or firewall for the VMware Identity Manager server:
Inbound 443 (HTTPS)
Inbound 88 (TCP/UDP) - iOS SSO only
Inbound 5262 (HTTPS) - Android SSO only
Inbound 6443 (HTTPS) - Certificate authentication configured on embedded connector only
VMware Identity Manager connector is installed in outbound-only connection mode and does not require inbound port 443 to be opened. The connector communicates with the VMware Identity Manager service through a Websocket-based communication channel.
For the complete list of ports used, see Deploying VMware Identity Manager in the DMZ and Deploying VMware Identity Manager Connector in the Enterprise Network.
Supported Authentication Methods
This deployment model supports all authentication methods. Some of these authentication methods do not require the connector and are managed directly by the service through the Built-in identity provider.
Password - uses the connector
RSA Adaptive Authentication - uses the connector
RSA SecurID - uses the connector
RADIUS - uses the connector
Certificate - uses the embedded connector
VMware Verify - through the Built-in identity provider
Mobile SSO (iOS) - through the Built-in identity provider
Mobile SSO (Android) - through the Built-in identity provider
Inbound SAML through a third-party identity provider
For information on using Kerberos, see Adding Kerberos Authentication Support to Your Deployment.
Supported Directory Integrations
You can integrate the following types of enterprise directories with the VMware Identity Manager service in this deployment model:
Active Directory over LDAP
Active Directory, Integrated Windows Authentication
If you plan to integrate an LDAP directory, see the limitations in "Integrating with LDAP Directories" in Installing and Configuring VMware Identity Manager.
Alternatively, you can use the following methods to create users in the VMware Identity Manager service:
Create local users directly in the VMware Identity Manager service.
Use Just-in-Time provisioning to create users in the VMware Identity Manager service dynamically at login, using SAML assertions sent by a third-party identity provider.
You can integrate the following types of resources with the VMware Identity Manager service in this deployment model:
Horizon 7, Horizon 6, or View desktop and application pools
ThinApp packaged applications
Horizon Air - Cloud Hosted Apps and Desktop
"Integrating with Your Enterprise Directory" in Installing and Configuring VMware Identity Manager
"Using Local Directories" in Installing and Configuring VMware Identity Manager
"Just-in Time User Provisioning" in VMware Identity Manager Administration.
"Configuring User Authentication in VMware Identity Manager" in VMware Identity Manager Administration
Setting up Resources in VMware Identity Manager