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There is a lot of confusion in the market about VMware’s vSphere Client.  That’s why we decided to put together this post as a one-stop resource for all of your vSphere Client needs.  Let’s break it down.

What is a vSphere Client?

vSphere by VMware is a tool that uses virtualization in order to transform data centers into flexible cloud computing infrastructures.  vSphere provides pools of virtual resources to the data center by aggrigating and virtualizing the underlying physical hardware resources.

There are various components that make up VMware vSphere:

  • Infrastructure Services
  • Application Services
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • vSphere Clients

Since this article is mainly a compilation of vSphere Client resources, we encourage you to also download this VMware authored PDF for further reference on the total vSphere solution.

The vSphere Client is an application which allows a user to connect remotely into the vCenter Server or ESX/ESXi from any Windows PC.  vSphere Web Access works similarly.

Essentially, it is a graphical user interface which is used to get into the vCenter.

Where do I download vSphere Client?

Let’s be honest, this is what probably 50% of you are looking for.  VMware hasn’t made it easy to find the vSphere Client download.  I want to give a shoutout to Joseph Turley who not only runs a popular blog, but also has taken it upon himself to provide the world with download links to VMware’s vSphere Clients.  Empirion keeps a record of the same.  I will post a few of them below here, and for future and past releases, please do visit his blog to get the updated links!

Version 6

VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3016447.exe

VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-2502222.exe

Version 5.5

VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-3024345.exe

VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1993072.exe

Version 5.1

VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1880906.exe

VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-1471691.exe

A minor disclaimer: please check to make sure you are downloading the correct version for your vSphere application.  Advanticom is providing these links which come directly from VMware’s site, but it’s up to you to make sure that you have the correct version.  (Feel free to contact us for help with your vSphere application.)

 

How to install the vSphere Client

Installation of the vSphere Client is a rather simple process.  Rather than list the steps, check out this video which provides a great explanation.

Using the vSphere Client to access the Virtual Data Center

Only in special circumstances should you use the client to access hosts, and only host administrators.  All functions that can be done on the host can also be done in the vCenter Server.

However, you can use the vSphere Client to access the data center.  It does so through the VMware API.  Once the user is authenticated, vCenter starts a session so the user can see the virtual machines that are assigned to the user.

First, the client understands the VM location from the server through the API.  Then, it connects to the correct host and allows access to the VM console.  This works for all environments except any host on ESXi 4.0.

One nice thing is that the vSphere Client has built-in guides that show users how to perform actions when inside.  This is especially helpful for new users that may be unfamiliar with virtualization.  For those who are VM masters, these guides can be turned off.

Basic vSphere Client functions

VMware’s knowledge base youtube channel is a great place to browse through many common vSphere tasks which can be completed using the client.  We are posting one video below so that you can see the ease of use and functionality within the client.

 

The gritty details

This overview only scratches the surface on vSphere and the client.  For more in-depth discovery on user functions, login instructions, and more check out the VMware vSphere documentation center.  You’ll learn about:

  • How to start the vSphere Client
  • How to stop the vSphere Client
  • How to open and hide the build-in user guides
  • How to use information panels
  • How to view the VM console
  • How to search a vSphere inventory
  • Using lists
  • Custom attributes
  • How to save data

… and a lot more.

 

Making the most of VMware

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Whether your company has an IT staff, or you are outsourcing your IT to a 3rd party provider, we are always ready to step in and provide additional support for your VMware needs.

Why work with Advanticom?  Results.  Our 4000+ happy customers keep coming back because we don’t just set up IT systems.  We help you achieve a coveted operational superiority within your IT operations.

Click the link below to start a conversation with our team about your VMware needs!

 

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