Experimenting with vSphere 5.5

Installing ESXi 5.5

HP Compaq 8200 Elite CMT PC
4 CPUs x 3.392 (i7-2600)
20GB RAM, 1TB Disk

ESXi Welcome Page

ESXi Welcome Page

vSphere Client 5.5

vSphere Client 5.5

vSphere Client 5.5

Managing vSphere from Mac OS X

Wanted to manage my new vSphere-environment from my Mac and not need to have a windows machine for the vSphere client

  • bad news is, the native OS-version client is only avaliable for windows…. no Mac, no Linux, no mobile..
  • and the good news, for most operations you can use the vSphere web client from Mac OS X but it only works with vCenter (so is not available when the vCenter server is down or you only have one ESXi server)

Usually the window vSphere client is needed at least once after installation of ESXi to import the vCenter Virtual Appliance or create a virtual machine (for windows and linux its also possible to import an appliance from the command line with VMware’s OVF Tool)

Access VM-consoles from Mac OS X with VMware Player

Once ESXi is up you can access the virtual machines running and also vCenter deployed as a virtual appliance with VMware Player. Its available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. VMware Player can connect to an ESXi using the command line:

vmplayer -h

This starts VMware Player to remote connect to an ESXi host (the IP address can also be given as a parameter to the -h command) using the normal credentials.

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Once logged in a list of available virtual machine is shown (they can also be powered on and a console to the VM opened). The vSphere Client can be used to manage the ESXi-host (in a windows VM of course…).

Using SSH and vCLI

The ESXi can also be partially managed using SSH (enabled first from the vSphere Client or from the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) on the ESXi’s console). Once logged in using SSH the DCUI command can be used for configuration.

dcui

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And it will open the menu-based console (close it using ctrl-c). There also exists a vSphere Command Line interface (vCLI) for windows and linux for basic command line configuration and administration.

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