VMware Access Point Deployment with AirWatch

Introduction: What is Access Point?

This week, VMware Access Point v2.8 was GA. Access Point is a virtual appliance primarily designed to allow secure remote access to VMware end-user-computing resources from authorized users connecting from the Internet. It functions as a secure gateway for users who want to access application and desktop resources from outside the corporate firewall. The design offers an extra later of security by shielding the internal network components from the public facing internet.

Additional details can be found in a Technical Introduction to Access Point, as well as this short deployment guide.

Typical Implementation

Access Point virtual appliances are typically deployed in a network DMZ, and behave as a proxy host for connections inside the organization’s trusted network. Access Point ensures that all traffic entering the data center to desktop or application resources is transmitted on behalf of a strongly authenticated user that is entitled to the resources the user is attempting to access.

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Access Point Use Cases for VMware AirWatch

Access Point can be used to provide edge services to VMware AirWatch servers, including the VMware Identity Manager, and Tunnel servers. Deploying the AirWatch Tunnel for your environment involves setting up the initial hardware, configuring the server information, and app settings in the AirWatch Console, downloading an installer file, and running the installer on your AirWatch Tunnel server. Access Point allows you to manually configure each of the edge services after the OVF installation of the appliance is completed and the values are changed.

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