What is VMware Identity Manager (formerly known as VMware Workspace Portal)?

VMware Identity Manager is a service that extends your on-premises directory infrastructure to provide a seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) experience to Web, Mobile, SaaS, and legacy applications. Simply put, it's a service aggregator and identity provider for your IT resources. One single login to Identity Manager gains you access to Citrix XenApp, Horizon, Web, SaaS, and ThinApp resources. You can find more about Identity Manager at https://www.vmware.com/products/identity-manager/.

BIG-IP can provide intelligent traffic management, high availability and monitoring through the use of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and BIG-IP DNS (Global Traffic Management). BIG-IP's Access Policy Manager (APM) can also provide secure access to the apps and resources accessible through the Identity Manager portal as well as the actual Identity Manager portal itself. In this article, we'll focus on building a highly available Identity Manager implementation using BIG-IP LTM.

You can download the updated step-by-step load-balancing guide for VMware Workspace Portal/Identity Manager here. What's also cool is you can do a walk through of this very setup in the VMware Hands-On-Lab at VMworld 2015 (Look for HOL-MBL-1659) or by clicking the following link - http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/2078.

Special thanks to Bryan Salek, Matt Mabis, and Mosa Emamjomeh for helping put this together!

Stay tuned for a future post on how to securely access Workspace Portal/Identity Manager using BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), which includes proxying Citrix XenApp, Horizon, and Web Application resources.

WorkspaceOne/Identity Manager 2.6 Update:

When changing the FQDN of VMware Identity Manager there is an additional (and new) step that needs to be done. After changing the FQDN, log back into the Workspace One Admin UI using a local account and click Catalog --> Settings.

Next, select New End User Portal UI and click Enable New Portal UI.

Once completed, log out and you should now be able to login using a domain account.