By adding and configuring identity provider instances for your VMware Identity Manager deployment, you can provide high availability, support additional user authentication methods, and add flexibility in the way you manage the user authentication process based on user IP address ranges.


  • Configure the network ranges that you want to direct to this identity provider instance for authentication. See Add or Edit a Network Range.

  • Access to the third-party metadata document. This can be either the URL to the metadata or the actual metadata.


  1. In the admin console Identity & Access Management tab select Identity Providers.
  2. Click Add Identity Provider.
  3. Edit the identity provider instance settings.

    Form Item


    Identity Provider Name

    Enter a name for this identity provider instance.

    SAML Binding

    Select how the AuthnRequest should be sent, either HTTP POST or HTTP Redirect

    HTTP Redirect is the default.

    SAML Metadata

    Add the third-party identity provider XML-based metadata document to establish trust with the identity provider.

    1. Enter the SAML metadata URL or the xml content into the text box.

    2. Click Process IdP Metadata. The NameID formats supported by the IdP are extracted from the metadata and added to the Name ID Format table.

    3. In the Name ID value column, select the user attribute in the service to map to the ID formats displayed. You can add custom third-party name ID formats and map them to the user attribute values in the service.

    4. (Optional) Select the NameIDPolicy response identifier string format.

    Just-in-Time Provisioning



    Select the Other Directory which includes the users who can authenticate using this identity provider.


    The existing network ranges configured in the service are listed.

    Select the network ranges for the users based on their IP addresses, that you want to direct to this identity provider instance for authentication.

    Authentication Methods

    Add the authentication methods supported by the third-party identity provider. Select the SAML authentication context class that supports the authentication method.

    Single Sign-Out Configuration

    Enable single sign-out to log users out of their identity provider session when they sign out. If single sign-out is not enabled, when users sign out, their identity provider session is still active.

    (Optional) If the identity provider supports the SAML single logout profile, enable single sign-out and leave the Redirect URL text box blank. If the identity provider does not support the SAML single logout profile, enable single sign-out and enter the sign-out URL of the identity provider where users are redirected to when they sign out from VMware Identity Manager.

    If you configured the redirect URL and if you want users to return to the VMware Identity Manager sign-in page after being redirected to the identity provider sign-out URL, enter the parameter name used by the identity provider redirect URL.

    SAML Signing Certificate

    Click Service Provider (SP) Metadata to see URL to VMware Identity Manager SAML service provider metadata URL. Copy and save the URL. This URL is configured when you edit the SAML assertion in the third-party identity provider to map VMware Identity Manager users.

    IdP Hostname

    If the Hostname text box displays, enter the host name where the identity provider is redirected to for authentication. If you are using a non-standard port other than 443, you can set the host name as Hostname:Port. For example,

  4. Click Add.

What to do next

  • Edit the third-party identity provider's configuration to add the SAML Signing Certificate URL that you saved.