vsphere client missing plug-ins

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I am trying to figure out why my vsphere client on 2 computers one being win 7 ultimate 64bit and the other xp sp3, both have a prblem with plug-ins when I go to plug-ins manage plug-ins I dont get anything in the form and according to some website I should get some from the esxi host like converter enterprise. I aslo tried installing a rdp plug-in to use instead of vmware console and it installed but is not in my vsphere clients

I have checked the client log files but I cannot find the error as I don'that I am know what I am looking for

both my esx servers are at update 01 btw
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IanThAsked:
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coolsport00Commented:
IanTh...did you install them? Do you have vCenter? When you run the autorun.exe for vCenter, you can install vSphere Client on your workstation. There are also options to install Update Manager and Converter. Did you install those locally on your workstation where your Client is installed? After you install them, you will then see them as plug-ins in your Client when you log into vCenter.

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IanThAuthor Commented:
I installed an rdp plugin but it doesn't appear in plugins and I thought you got converter from the esxi box

what is vcenter?
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coolsport00Commented:
So, you're using ESXi and not using vCenter? vCenter is the management server for ESX/i. In previous versions of ESX, it's called Virtual Center. Without vCenter, you can't use Update Manager or vCenter Converter. It doesn't come with ESXi (or solely ESX for that matter), only with vCenter. You have to use the Converter Standalone tool if you want to P2V or V2V.

I've not heard of an RDP plug-in???

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IanThAuthor Commented:
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coolsport00Commented:
Hmm...never heard of it; will look at it, thanks for the link. If you read the Sys Req's for that plug-in (and like you will find with any plug-in), you need to have vCenter, which it seems you don't have. Thus, you won't see any plug-ins in that window. What you're seeing in the screenshot you provided is accurate.

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IanThAuthor Commented:
I though vcenter was not in esx 4 its vsphere client and esxi
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coolsport00Commented:
vCenter is management software you install either on a physical box or VM to manage ESX/ESXi. You don't 'need' vCenter to run ESX/i, but to utilize features such as VMotion, HA, DRS, plug-ins, etc...you need vCenter.

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IanThAuthor Commented:
so you can install it as a vm yes? you got a link?
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coolsport00Commented:
Yes; you can do a 'trial' for 60days.
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/vc40u1/ZHcqYmQlcCpiZGVqZA==

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IanThAuthor Commented:
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