You deploy the VMware Identity Manager OVA file using the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client. You can download and deploy the OVA file from a local location that is accessible to the vSphere Client, or deploy it from a Web URL.


If you are using the vSphere Web Client, use either Firefox or Chrome browsers to deploy the OVA file. Do not use Internet Explorer.


Download the VMware Identity Manager OVA file from My VMware.


Log in to the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client.


Select File > Deploy OVF Template.


In the Deploy OVF Template wizard, specify the following information.




Browse to the OVA package location, or enter a specific URL.

OVF Template Details

Review the product details, including version and size requirements.

End User License Agreement

Read the End User License Agreement and click Accept.

Name and Location

Enter a name for the VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance. The name must be unique within the inventory folder and can contain up to 80 characters. Names are case sensitive.

Select a location for the virtual appliance.

Host / Cluster

Select the host or cluster in which to run the virtual appliance.

Resource Pool

Select the resource pool.


Select the storage for the virtual appliance files. You can also select a VM Storage Profile.

Disk Format

Select the disk format for the files. For production environments, select one of the Thick Provision formats. Use the Thin Provision format for evaluation and testing.

In the Thick Provision format, all the space required for the virtual disk is allocated during deployment. In the Thin Provision format, the disk uses only the amount of storage space that it needs for its initial operations.

Network Mapping

Map the networks used in VMware Identity Manager to networks in your inventory.



In the Timezone setting field, select the correct time zone.


The Customer Experience Improvement Program checkbox is selected by default. VMware collects anonymous data about your deployment in order to improve VMware's response to user requirements. Deselect the checkbox if you do not want the data collected.


In the Host Name (FQDN) text box, enter the host name to use. If this is blank, reverse DNS is used to look up the host name.


Configure the networking properties.

To configure a static IP address for VMware Identity Manager, enter the address for the Default Gateway, DNS, IP Address, and Netmask fields.


If any of the four address fields, including Host Name, are left blank, DHCP is used.

To configure DHCP, leave the address fields blank.


The Domain Name and Domain Search Path fields are not used. You can leave these blank.

(Optional) After VMware Identity Manager is installed, you can configure IP Pools. See (Optional) Add IP Pools.

Ready to Complete

Review your selections and click Finish.

Depending on your network speed, the deployment can take several minutes. You can view the progress in the progress dialog box that appears.


When the deployment is complete, click Close in the progress dialog box.


Select the VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance you deployed, right-click, and select Power > Power on.

The VMware Identity Manager virtual appliance is initialized. You can go to the Console tab to see the details. When the virtual appliance initialization is complete, the console screen displays the VMware Identity Manager version, IP address, and the URLs to log in to the VMware Identity Manager Web interface and to complete the set up.

(Optional) Add IP Pools.

Configure VMware Identity Manager settings, including connecting to Active Directory and selecting users and groups to sync to VMware Identity Manager.