VMWare VSphere Client side, cant view console session

I am running Vsphere on my laptop and when I try and view a console session I get an error Unable to connect to the MKS: Host address for Server "name of server" failed. Thanks for the help
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coolsport00Commented:
Did you make any changes before this error started occurring?

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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
No sir, none. I installed it on my laptop to view the VM's, thats all
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
From the Server I can use the console, but from laptop I cant
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
MKS requires Port 903 to be opened if there is a firewall between your Laptop and ESX/ESXi Host.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Im sorry I didnt tell you sooner. I did create a rule on my LAN to LAN for that
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Please correct me if I am wrong.
VMware ESX/ESXi Host is installed as a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation.
You are trying to connect to the ESXi Host (running as a VM) using vSphere Client.
1.What operating system are you running on your laptop ?
2.Are you running any antivirus/security software on your laptop ?
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
That is correct, I am running XP, and yes I am running Norton AV. and firewall. Checking Norton Firewall now
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
It has exceptions in Symantec
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Please update the TCP/UDP Ports which you have allowed as an exception in the Symantec Firewall (attach a screenshot if possible).
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GKaloskyCommented:
Check your DNS. Can you resolve esx host server name from your desktop?
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Here is the Screen Shot
pic.docx
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Here is another, I am not able to ping my HOSTS, but I can ping my VM's
ss2.docx
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GKaloskyCommented:
Add your hosts to your DNS server.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
OK, heres the STUPID question. LOL! These servers are not on site and I didnt install them, where can I find the IP to create my HOST records? Heres another Screen Shot.
Thanks
ss3.docx
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GKaloskyCommented:
How are you connecting to your hosts if they are not onsite?  I am looking to understand your whole connection schema as this will change what you need to do.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
They are on one of our LOCAL LANS but not here where I can go look for IP. I just installed Vsphere to monitor and make any changes from my laptop, but I cant go physically lay my hands on the Servers, they are 40 miles away but on a local LAN
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GKaloskyCommented:
Add the vmware hosts to your local dns server.  You do not need to access the server itself.  You or your administrator need to add the ip address of the host to the DNS server.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I understand I need to do that, but Where in VSphere can I obtain the IP address for the Host? When I click on summary it is not listed here. Thank you
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GKaloskyCommented:
How does your vSphere client connect - by Host Name or IP?
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
By host name
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GKaloskyCommented:
Do you have a local 'Hosts' file which converts the name to an IP?
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
No sir
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GKaloskyCommented:
Does a ping by the host name resolve the IP?  
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Ok, here is the setup. I have 3 seperate host, none of which I can ping. The Server in which the VMware ESX/ESXi Host is installed I can RDP into. So here is the structure in VMSphere, screen shot attached. The ones in GREY I cannot Ping and the others I can by name.
ss4.docx
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
As if you couldnt tell, I am NEW to VMWare, thanks for your help
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GKaloskyCommented:
The icons in grey are actually hosts.  You do not have access to the console of the hosts through the vmware client, only to the vm's.  You need to connect to the hosts through ssh.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
I understand that I am not trying to access these VIA console, I am right clicking on the GREEN "Virtual Machines" and going to console there getting the error message that is attached. I thought I might need to add the DNS for the hosts?
ss5.docx
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GKaloskyCommented:
Even though you cannot ping them, does the IP resolve from the name?
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Im sorry sir, I think we are miscommunicating. I can ping by name all the VM's I just cant connect to them through the console. Its the HOST's that I cannot ping by name and dont know where to get there IP's. Thank you
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GKaloskyCommented:
When you ping by name, do you get any ip resolution, even though you get timeouts or does it say that the host cannot be found?  I understand the problem is with the hosts and that is what we are trying to get to here.  If you have no other way to connect to them, you will need to go to them and query at the console to get the ip address for them.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Here is the Screen Shot of the Ping, thanks again for your help. I just cant belive that the IP is not listed in VM somewhere? Great product, still learning it.
ss6.docx
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GKaloskyCommented:
OK, you will need to get to the consoles on the hosts to get their IP's which you will then add to DNS.  I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but the person who did the install left out this critical step during the install process, so it is unavoidable unless you find the documentation of the IP's.  If they did not  add it to DNS, I doubt they kept good documentation records.
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much, and you are correct not what I wanted to hear but what I expected. Thanks again
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dmanisitAuthor Commented:
Great help and fast
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