ESXi 6.0vSphere Guides

Installing ESXi Web Client

VMware has launched the ESXi host management client which is web interface client & managed through web browser. Which means you can manage your ESXi host from web browser rather than traditional vSphere Windows Client.

ESXi Web client is still in the development state so it doesn’t provide all the features But if you want you can try it. VMware has updated the Host client with the latest update of vSphere 6 which is ESXi 6.0 Update 2 .
Some of It’s Features Include :-

  • VM operations (Power on, off, reset, suspend, etc).
  • Creating a new VM, from scratch or from OVF/OVA (limited OVA support)
  • Configuring NTP on a host
  • Displaying summaries, events, tasks and notifications/alerts
  • Providing a console to VMs
  • Configuring host networking
  • Configuring host advanced settings
  • Configuring host services

So let’s see how you can install easily step by step.

Step 1:
First you have to download it from VMware.

Step 2:
You will get file like below.

Host-client-1

Step 3:
Open the vSphere Client & connect to ESXi host by providing the IP Address/Name & Username, Password.

Host-client-2

Step 4:
Click on Summary Tab & you will get screen like below.
Find for storage section.
Right click on the Datastore & choose Browse Datastore.

Host-client-3

Step 5:
You will get the Datastore Browser where you can see all the files of the datastore.
Here you have to upload the downloaded file for esxi host client.
Choose the Upload button next to Add Folder icon to upload & browse the file & upload here.

Host-client-4

Step 6:
After finished uploading you have to open putty which is used to get SSH access to ESXi host.
Put the Server IP or Name & Connect to host.

Host-client-5

Step 7:
If you get security warning just click Yes to continue.
Login with Root credentials.

Host-client-7

Step 8:
Now you will have to type below command to install the client on ESXi.
Command :-

 esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Host-Client/esxui-3623722.vib

The path of the vib bundle may vary in your case.
Just use “Tab” to find & locate exact path.
Press Enter to start installation.

Host-client-8

Step 9:
It will take few moments to install & you will get Message finished successfully.
It will not require server reboot.

Host-client-9

You can close the Putty now.

Access the ESXi Web client open the Browser & type :

Https://ESXi server IP/ui

You might get certificate warning click advanced & proceed.
Now provide the Root username & password to login.

ESXi-Host-client-10

 

After Login you will get your home screen:-

ESXi-Host-client-11

You can choose virtual machine to see its settings :

ESXI-Host-client-12

Note :- This Installation is done on ESXi 6.0.

Now you can check the features of it & play around it.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 2 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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8 Comments

    1. @Waheed Abbas.
      Can you send me the screenshot.
      & also check for proper network connectivity from outside of esxi & from ESXi DCUI console you will get option for testing network.
      IF you have upgraded the ESXi than mention the version also.

  1. What is the difference between vSphere html5 web client and ESXi Embedded Host Client? My ESXi hosts are in version 5.1.0. Is the web client compatible with this?

    1. @janus vSphere HTML5 Web client will be replacement of traditional Windows Client & will provide all the vcenter features but ESXi Embedded Host client is used for ESXi host management only.
      This New client is designed to work with vSphere 6.0 Environments.

    1. @Mahmood Khatri
      No it will not work because vmware has provided client software for 5.x & 6.x versions only.

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