After you set up the database in the VMware Identity Manager Setup wizard, you can configure VMware Identity Manager to use a different database.

About this task

You must point VMware Identity Manager to an initialized, populated database. For example, you can use a database configured as the result of a successful run of the VMware Identity Manager Setup wizard, a database from a backup, or an existing database from a recovered snapshot.


  • Install and configure the supported Microsoft SQL server as the external database server. For information about specific versions that are supported by VMware Identity Manager, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes


  1. In the administration console click Appliance Settings and select VA Configuration.
  2. Click Manage Configuration.
  3. Log in with the VMware Identity Manager administrator password.
  4. On the Database Connection Setup page, select External Database as the database type.
  5. Enter information about the database connection.
    1. Type the JDBC URL of the Microsoft SQL database server.

      Authenticaton Mode

      JDBC URL String

      Windows Authentication (domain\user)


      SQL Server Authentication (local user)

    2. Enter the name and password of the user with read and write privileges to the database.
  6. Click Test Connection to verify and save the information.