How to Install VMware vSphere Client 4

by Ramesh Natarajan on June 30, 2010

If you have installed VMware ESXi server, you can manage the ESXi server using vSphere client. 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

Install vSphere Client

Launch the VMware-vicilent.exe and follow the instructions to complete the setup. It is very straight forward.

Since you are installing vSphere client to manage the newly installed ESXi 4.0 server, you don’t need to select the ‘Install vSphere Host Update Utility’ check-box in the following screen.

Login to vSphere Client

After the installation, launch the vSphere client utility from your Windows host and provide the following information:

  • ip-address of the VMware ESXi server.
  • User name: root
  • Password: root password for the ESXi server.

Ignore Security Warning

You might get a pop-up message about the security warning. Select the ‘Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings for {your-ip-address}” check-box and click on ‘Ignore’.

VMware ESXi server is free. But, you should register at vmware website to get a license key. If you have not updated the ESXi server with the license key, you might also get the following “VMware Evaluation Notice” warning message.

VMware vSphere Client

You are now successfully logged-in to the vSphere client as shown below. In the upcoming articles, we’ll explain how to create new VM using vSphere client and how to manage a ESXi server using this utility.


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rafael Padilha September 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Is there some app that can to this task for linux? I want manager my VMWARE ESXI on my linux machine :)
thanks! nice post!

2 sycane November 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

good call Rafael, anyone know of a gui based app for the converted?

3 Rafael Padilha November 3, 2010 at 4:23 am

you can download converter tool from: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

4 Otto November 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

“vSphere client works only on Windows host.” <- making it useless to me. It's especially appalling – given VMware's demonstrated expertise in writing Linux software – that they don't produce a Linux client.

You can't manage your VMs without paying the Micrsoft tax.

5 Rajesh July 21, 2011 at 3:24 am

Thanks Ramesh, it helped

6 Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 3:26 am

Thansk for the info

7 grimkin November 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

Sorry I know it’s an old thread but since VMware 4 they stopped bundling the client and it’s been a nightmare to find the download links and vmware themselves don’t make it easy ..

I found a couple of sites which have the download links on them but this one here seems to be the one which is updated every time a new client comes out: here

Hope this helps someone and also @Otto – they have managed to get vSphere working under wine for linux: here

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