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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Install VMware vSphere Client 5


Install VMware vSphere Client 5



The vSphere Client is used to connect to and manage either ESXi servers individually, or more often to connect to a vCenter server to manage multiple ESXi servers in a single interface (or "pane of glass").

Its a simple but important part of a vSphere deployment, as without it you cannot manage your environment. Ok so you could if you know the vSphere CLI or PowerCLI, but my point is its the main management interface for ESXi and vCenter that you will use day-to-day.

Its extremely easy to install, just a simple next, next, blah and finish.

vSphere client works only on Windows host. If you don’t have vSphere client installed, download it from your local VMware Server home page. i.e go to http://{your-vmware-server-ip} to download vSphere client.

The direct url to download vSphere client from your installation of VMware server is: 

https://{your-vmware-server-ip}/client/VMware-viclient.exe

Steps to Install vSphere Client

In the VMware vSphere Installer, select "vSphere Client" and hit Install


Select your language


Click NEXT


Click NEXT 



Accept the License agreement. Click NEXT


Enter your Name and your Organization's name. Click NEXT


Click NEXT


Click INSTALL


Click FINISH once done


Launch the VMware vSphere Client. (There will be an icon on your Desktop for the same)

Open the vSphere client in Programs --> VMware --> vSphere Client

Enter the IP address/FQDN of the ESXi server or vCenter Server.

Enter the username/password for the server 

NOTE: if you are connecting to an ESXi Server, then "root" is the username that you provide in vSphere Client, and if its vCenter, then the username will generally be a Windows Account).


Ignore the security warning


 You should see your vCenter server as shown below:


That's it for now !!


What's Next?

Install VMware vCenter Update Manager.. (Coming Soon..)