The VMware Workspace Portal Installation and Configuration Guide leads you through the installation and configuration process for the Workspace server. When the installation is finished, you can use VMware® Workspace™ Portal to entitle users for managed, multi-device access to your organization's data and applications, including Windows applications, software as a service (SaaS) applications, and View desktops.

Workspace includes a multiple virtual machine vApp, distributed as an Open Virtualization Archive (OVA) file. You deploy the vApp to vCenter. Workspace includes the following virtual appliances.

Workspace Server Components

Workspace Server Component


VMware Workspace Portal Configurator configurator-va

You start configuring Workspace with this virtual appliance, using both its console and the Configurator Web interface. The configurations you make with the configurator-va configurator-va are distributed to the other virtual appliances in the vApp.

VMware Workspace Portal Manager service-va

This virtual appliance gives you access to the MyApps and the Workspace Admin Console, from which you can manage users, groups, and resources.

VMware Workspace Portal Connector connector-va

The connector-va provides the following services: user authentication (identity provider), directory synchronization, and View pool synchronization.

VMware Workspace Portal Gateway gateway-va

The Workspace Gateway is the single endpoint for all end user communication. User requests come to the gateway-va virtual machine, which then routes the request to the appropriate virtual appliance.

The Workspace administrator console is a Web-based application that is installed when you install Workspace. You can access and use the Workspace Admin Console from the following browsers.

Internet Explorer 10 and 11 for Windows systems

Google Chrome 34.0 or later for Windows and Mac systems

Mozilla Firefox 28 or later for Windows and Mac systems

Safari 6.1.3 and later for Mac systems

End users can access their Workspace App Portal from the following browsers.

Mozilla Firefox (latest)

Google Chrome (latest)

Safari (latest)

Internet Explorer 8 or later

Native browser and Google Chrome on Android devices

Safari on iOS devices

Viewing Workspace pages with Internet Explorer 8 might not display all elements on the page correctly. For best viewing users should upgrade to a newer version.

This information is intended for system and functional administrators of VMware® Workspace™. The information is written for experienced Windows and Linux system administrators who are familiar with VMware technologies, particularly vCenter™, ESX™, vSphere®, and View™, networking concepts, Active Directory servers, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and NTP servers. SUSE Linux 11 is the underlying operating system for the virtual appliances in the vApp. Knowledge of other technologies, such as VMware® ThinApp®, RSA SecurID, and Active Directory is helpful if you plan to implement those features.