Welcome VMware Identity Manager

One of the most significant integration points came this year in June with the announcement of VMware Identity Manager (a.k.a. vIDM), which is replacing Workspace Portal. (So if you’re following along at home, that’s Horizon App Manager —> Horizon Workspace —> Workspace Portal —> Identity Manager.)

vIDM is like Workspace Portal, except now it’s fully aware of AirWatch. You can set app access policies based on EMM and device status, and managed devices can be used as an authentication factor. vIDM also provides federated access to native mobile apps.

vIDM was released at the time of the announcement, and for now it’s a part of certain AirWatch license editions as well as VMware Workspace Suite. Workspace Portal is still available, but it will be replaced by vIDM in the future.

The vIDM client is delivered as an HTML5 app for desktops, and via the AirWatch Catalogue app for mobile devices. Since vIDM does identity federation, users can also take advantage of what’s known as “service provider-initiated login” to access many apps directly without going through the vIDM client.


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