Run the VMware Identity Manager installer on a Windows server that meets all the system configuration requirements listed.


  1. Download the VMware Identity Manager SVA Installer for Windows from the My VMware site at
  2. Double-click the VMware Identity Manager installer.
    Run the installer from an account with administrator privileges.
  3. On the Welcome dialog box, click Next.
    The installer verifies prerequisites on the server. If required software such as .NET or TLS is not installed, you are prompted to install the software and to restart the server. After restarting, run the VMware Identity Manager installer again.
  4. Accept the End User License Agreement (EULA), then click Next.
  5. On the Customer Experience Improvement Program dialog box, the default action is set to Yes.
    This product participates in VMware's Customer Experience Improvement Program ("CEIP"). Details regarding the data collected through CEIP and the purposes for which it is used by VMware are set forth at the Trust & Assurance Center at If you prefer not to participate in VMware's CEIP for this product, uncheck the box.
    You can also join or leave the CEIP for this product at any time after installation.
    Note: If your network is configured to access the Internet through HTTP proxy, to send the data collected through CEIP to VMware you must adjust the proxy settings in the VMware Identity Manager machine.
  6. The VMware Identity Manager prerequisites are listed. The installer checks for the required modules. You are prompted to install any missing modules.
    Figure 1. Confirming Prerequisites Installed
  7. Select the directory in which to install theVMware Identity Manager service.
  8. If this node is the first service instance being installed in the cluster, click Next.
    When you install additional instances in the cluster, you select the check box and browser to the exported ZIP file for the first instance to import.
  9. The host name and port 443 are prepopulated in the Configuration dialog box. ClickNext.
  10. In the Database Server dialog box, select the VMware Identity Manager database server instance to connect to and the authentication mode.
    Option Description
    VMware Identity Manager Database Server Enter the database FQDN, or click Browse to select the database server URL from the list. Example of the database FQDN, enter http://MyDBServer.
    Application Connects using You can select either Windows Authentication mode or SQL Server Authentication mode. For SQL Server Authentication, enter the local user name and password.
    VMware Identity Manager Database Name Enter the database name you created when you set up the MySQL database or browse the SQL server to select the name from a list, if you renamed the database.
    SQL AlwaysON? Enabling SQL AlwaysON to set MultiSubNetFailover to True in the SQL server to enable faster failover on the SQL server.

    The SQL Server AlwaysOn capability is a combination of failover clustering and database mirroring/log shipping. It allows for multiple read copies of your database and a single copy for read-write operations. If your network has the bandwidth to support the traffic generated, the Identity Manager database supports AlwaysOn.

    Figure 2. Database Configuration with SQL AlwayOn Option
    Click Next.
    The installer validates that the database is configured correctly. If the configuration is not correct, error messages are displayed and the installation cannot continue. Correct the problems described in the error messages. See Confirm Microsoft SQL Database Is Correctly Configured.
  11. In the VMware Identity Manager Service Account dialog box, select the check box if you want to run the service as a Windows domain user.
    Run the service as a domain user in the following cases.
    • If you plan to connect to Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication).
    • If you plan to use Kerberos authentication.
    • If you plan to integrate Horizon View with VMware Identity Manager and want to use the Perform Directory Sync or Configuring 5.x Connection Server options.
    If you do not use a domain user account, the service is run as a local system.
    Figure 3. Domain User Account Configuration
  12. Click Install to begin the installation.
  13. Click Finish.
    The VMware Identity Server is initialized and the VMware Identity Manager URL to log in to the VMware Identity Manager console to finish the setup is displayed. To finish the setup now, click Yes. Otherwise, note the URL to log in later.
    Figure 4. Information About Logging in to Identity Manager Console

What to do next

Run the VMware Identity Manager Setup wizard to finish the service configuration.

Figure 5. Setup Wizard