You first install and configure a VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance, then you clone it. Cloning the virtual appliance creates a duplicate of the appliance with the same configuration as the original. You can customize the cloned virtual appliance to change the name, network settings, and other properties as required.
Before you clone the VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance, you must configure it behind a load balancer and change its Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) to match the load balancer FQDN. Also, complete directory configuration in the VMware Identity Manager service before you clone the appliance.
After cloning, you assign the cloned virtual appliance a new IP address before powering it on. The cloned virtual appliance IP address must follow the same guidelines as the IP address of the original virtual appliance. The IP address must resolve to a valid host name using forward and reverse DNS.
All nodes in the VMware Identity Manager cluster are identical and nearly stateless copies of each other. Syncing to Active Directory and to resources that are configured, such as View or ThinApp, is disabled on the cloned virtual appliances.