Introducing the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector

In AirWatch 9.1, the AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC) has been included as a component in a new installer called the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector.  This installer will serve as the unified connector package for Workspace ONE, AirWatch and Identity.  It is comprised of two components: ACC and the VMware Identity Manager Connector.  During the installation process, you will be able to choose which components to install, as shown below.

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Both components are recommended for anyone moving to Workspace ONE, and are absolutely necessary for environments utilizing identity centric features not supported by the “use AirWatch to authenticate users” option in the Workspace ONE Getting Started Wizard.  These use cases include Horizon and Citrix integration, RSA integration, and Integrated Windows authentication.  The “use AirWatch for authentication” option, sometimes referred to as “ACC integration” with VMware Identity Manager, will continue to be supported, but we encourage utilization of the full functionality of the Enterprise Systems Connector for the best compatibility and user experience.  If you have already deployed and are utilizing Workspace ONE, but now want to start using the identity component of the VMware Enterprise Systems connector, you will be able to migrate without removing your directory or user entitlements. 

 

Automatic Upgrades

As long as .NET 4.6.2 has been installed on the server, automatic update for existing ACC deployments will continue without any change in existing functionality.  However, if you wish to install the VMware IDM Connector component offered by the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector, you must download and run the installer.  Automatic update is not yet supported for the VMware IDM Connector, so it must be manually updated by downloading and running the installer for each new version.

 

Availability

VMware Enterprise Systems Connector will be available with AirWatch 9.1.  The installer is available in the AirWatch Console in the same location where the ACC Installer was previously available, as well as within the Workspace ONE Getting Started wizard. 

 

Documentation

With the release of AirWatch 9.1, all existing ACC documentation will be updated to reflect the updated branding and additional component installation and configuration.  This documentation will all be made available in myAirWatch. 

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