After configuring your VMware Tunnel settings, deploy VMware Tunnel as an edge service on the VMware Unified Access Gateway appliance to simplify the installation process. VMware supports installation using either VMware vSphere and Unified Access Gateway Admin UI or PowerShell scripting.

VMware Unified Access Gateway is a secure virtual appliance that ensures the only traffic entering the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated remote user. VMware Tunnel uses the Unified Access Gateway platform to deploy as a virtual appliance.

As a virtual appliance, VMware Tunnel does not require extensive pre-installation configuration of hardware and software. The hardware and software requirements are automatically configured as the virtual appliance deploys. Deploy Unified Access Gateway appliance through either the VMware vSphere web client and Unified Access Gateway Admin UI method or the PowerShell script method.

The vSphere web client deployment method allows you to deploy the virtual appliance through vSphere and then configure your custom settings in an admin UI. The PowerShell script deployment method automates the settings based on the pre-configured script. The PowerShell script method calls the API server before running so you get a quick validation of the entered information before deploying the virtual appliance. Consider using the PowerShell method for the best deployment experience.


VMware Tunnel deploys using a hardened, VMware appliance. For more information on the hardening of this appliance, see the Deploying and Configuring Access Point guide on