Install the VMware Identity Manager Connector

The VMware Identity Manager Connector will be responsible for integrating VMware Identity Manager with the on-premises Active Directory. This exercise will guide you through install the VMware Identity Manager Connector with the proper configurations to meet the use case and requirements we discussed in the introduction.

1. Connect to the Conn-01a Server

Double-click the conn-01a.rdp link on the Desktop to connect to the Conn-01a Server.

You will be installing the VMware Identity Manager Connector on the designated server.  It is recommended to install the VMware Identity Manager Connector on a dedicated server or Virtual Machine (VM).

2. Start the Computer Browser Service

Click the Windows Start Button from the task bar of the conn-01a Server.

2.1. Open Services

  1. Start typing Services to search.
  2. Click on the Services result.

2.2. Open the Computer Browser Properties

  1. Right-click the Computer Browser service.
  2. Click Properties.

2.3. Start the Computer Browser Service

  1. Select Automatic for the Startup type.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click Start.
  4. Click Close.

The Browser service or Computer Browser Service is a feature of Microsoft Windows to let users easily browse and locate shared resources in neighboring computers. This allows the installer to discover and aggregate the domains that are available for authentication within the network.

2.4. Ensure the Computer Browser Service is Running

  1. Confirm that the Computer Browser status shows as Running.
  2. Click Close.

3. Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

  1. Right-click the Network icon.
  2. Click Open Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Ethernet0 2 from the Network and Sharing Center.

3.1. Open the IPv4 Properties

  1. Click Properties for the Ethernet0 2 Status.
  2. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to select it.
  3. Click Properties.

3.2. Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. Click the WINS tab.
  3. Select Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
  4. Click OK.

4. Start the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector Installer

  1. Click the File Explorer icon from the taskbar.
  2. Click Documents.
  3. Click HOL.
  4. Right-click the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector Installer.exe file.
  5. Click Run as Administrator.

4.1. Confirm Security Warning and Run

Click Run.

NOTE - The Installer may take a minute or two to start after clicking run.

4.2. Start the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector Installer

Click Next.

4.3. Accept the License Agreement Terms

  1. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement.
  2. Click Next.

4.4. Disable the AirWatch Cloud Connector Feature

  1. Click the dropdown by the AirWatch Cloud Connector component.
  2. Click This feature will not be available.

4.5. Enable the VMware Identity Manager Connector Feature

  1. Click the dropdown by the VMware Identity Manager Connector component.
  2. Click This feature will be installed on local hard drive.

4.6. Accept the Default Destination Folder

Click Next to accept the default destination folder of C:\VMware\

4.7. Configure the SSL Certificate

  1. Check the Would you like to use your own SSL Certificate? option
  2. Click Browse...

4.7.1. Browse to the Connector SSL Certificate

  1. Click Documents
  2. Click HOL
  3. Click conn-01a
  4. Click Open

4.7.2. Enter SSL Certificate Password

  1. Enter VMware1! for the Certificate Password
  2. Click Next

4.8. Continue without Activating the Connector

  1. Select No for Would you like to activate the Connector now
  2. Click Next

In this lab, we are only interested in installing the VMware Identity Manager Connector at this point.  We will activate the Connector later once we have setup the Connector in our VMware Identity Manager Admin Console and have access to the Activation Code.  As stated by the installer, this can be updated later by accessing the Connector settings at https://{hostname}:8443, which will be https://conn-01a.corp.local:8443.

4.9. Setup the Service Account Configuration

  1. Ensure the Would you like to run the Connector service as a domain user account option is enabled.
  2. Enter corp\administrator for the User name.
  3. Enter VMware1! for the Password.
  4. Click Next.

4.10. Start the Install Process

Click Install.

NOTE - The Installer may take a few minutes to complete.  Please be patient while the service installs.

4.11. Close the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector After It Completes

Click Finish.

5. Return to the Main Console

With the VMware Identity Manager Connector installed, you will configure the remainder of the requirements for this exercise from the Main Console.

Click the Close (X) button on the Remote Desktop Connector bar at the top of your screen.

NOTE: If you do not see the Remote Desktop Connection bar, you  may have un-pinned the bar.  Hover your mouse over the top and center part of the screen to reveal it.

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