Join Brandon Neill for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the web client, part of VMware vSphere 6 Essential Training.
- VMware introduced the web client in vSphere 5.0 and since that time, the web client has been VMware's preferred choice for managing your vSphere environment. All new features of vSphere have been introduced only to the web client, and so I highly recommend using the web client for most of your day-to-day management. It did get a bad rap when it first came out due to performance issues, but in 6.0, the web client has been sped up significantly.
To access the web client, I am going to use Google Chrome and I am still on the vCenter server VM. Because Google Chrome was not installed by AutoLab, it does not automatically come up to the correct page, so I want to configure it to go to dc.lab.local I can also add this as the new home page by going to settings, open a specific page, and set this to dc.lab.local Now in the future it will automatically go to that page.
This introduces the AutoLab portal, which gives us access to the configuration screens of all of the programs within AutoLab. At the moment, I want to launch the web client. It is going to come up with a connection error because we do not have a CA signed certificate installed, that's okay, simply click on advanced, and proceed The second message here has to do with the client integration plug-in, so simply select remember my choice for all links of this type, and launch the application.
From here I can log into the web client using my administrator user name and the password that I configured. The first time that you launch the web client, it is going to take it a moment to load. Any subsequent launches should be significantly faster. The web client in vSphere 6.0 is very similar to the web client in 5.5, with a few minor differences. The most major one being that it is significantly faster in 6.0. The layout in 6.0 is slightly different than the layout in 5.5.
At the bottom I now have the recent task window, which I can either minimize by clicking on the thumbtack, and then I can restore it, or I can get rid of it altogether by clicking on the X. With the two menus on the right side, I can also minimize those by clicking on the thumbtack and they will show up as a little slider option on the side, and I can do the same thing with the navigator window. I usually leave the navigator window out because I like having access to it. Also, in 6.0, I can re-size the windows if I want to make them larger or smaller.
If you mess up the layout too much, under administrator or under your login, you can go to layout settings, and you have the option of resetting to the default layout, or restoring any panes that you have removed. The middle pane is where most of the action will occur and the left pane is used for navigation. vCenter inventory lists allows for us to list all of the inventory objects that are available, including virtual machines, vCenter servers if we have more than one connected, host clusters, et cetera.
The next four options; hosts and clusters, VMs and templates, storage and networking, are similar to the options that were available in the windows client. If I click on hosts and clusters, you will see that I can switch between the four of these rapidly as they show up at the top of the screen. Right now I do not have any inventory objects in there, but later they will be populated. Click on the arrow to go back to home. I can also click on this little icon here to see the recent objects that I have accessed, and I can go back and forth between objects. If at any time you are not sure where you are and you want to go back to the home, there is an option up here at the top to take you back to home, as well as to take you back to any of the original top level objects.
Since this is a web client, every once in a while the information in the web client is not going to accurately reflect the information of the underlying vCenter server. Sometimes you can resolve those issues by clicking on refresh to refresh the information in the screen. Other times if you see something in the web client that just completely does not make sense, or does not match what you know the configuration should be, the fix for that is to log out, completely shut down your browser and then restart the web client.
Now I am going to move on to adding hosts into my vCenter environment.
This course teaches the basics of installing, configuring, and maintaining vSphere 6, including installation of the ESXi hypervisor and vCenter Server using a pre-created environment called AutoLab. Following lab creation, Brandon Neill introduces the core components of vSphere (ESXi and vCenter) and shows how to configure storage and networking. Finally, he runs through some typical virtual-machine management tasks, such as creating a virtual machine manually vs. creating one with templates and clones, working with snapshots, and performing a vMotion migration.
- Building a lab environment with AutoLab
- Preparing VMware Workstation
- Accessing the ESXi host
- Using clients
- Configuring networking and storage
- Creating data stores
- Creating virtual machines
- Using templates and snapshots
- Performing migrations