vSphere 5.0 saw the vSphere Web Client make it's entry but with limited functionality compared to the installed vSphere Client.

However now the tables have turned and with the release of vSphere 5.1 VMware are now pushing the vSphere Web Client as the management point.


Only the new features in vSphere 5.1 can be managed via the vSphere Web Client and the old vSphere Client will eventually disappear in future releases.


To be honest I like the idea that I don't have to install the correct version client as I work on so many different customers systems, but I do find the web client slow to respond (like View).



We are installing this on the same vCenter server, but again if you wanted this could be installed on it's own dedicated server.



1. Again back at the installer launchpad click "vSphere Web Client" and Click Next.




2. Read and access the license agreement.




3. Set the install location and click Next.




4. Leave the ports as their defaults. Click Next.




5. Enter the vCenter Single Sign On details as you did with the vCenter install to register it with vCenter SSO.




6. Hit Install!






7. Start the vSphere Web Client.





8. Login with your Windows domain credentials and you will be presented with the vCenter inventory.




Next up the Update Manager installation...







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