Using VMWARE Console ESXi

Hello,

I use the vmsphere client to view my different consoles. My VMWARE server is ESXi and I am running version 4.1.0. Quite often, if I minimize a console I can never restore it in order to view the image I want to view. It stays minimized. So, I have to close the vmsphere client completely in order to make it work correctly again. This has happened on multiple machines. Why does this happen and how can I correct it from happening?

Thanks,
John
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Danny McDanielConnect With a Mentor Clinical Systems AnalystCommented:
it looks like other people are reporting this same behavior and a couple of have workarounds or fixes (at least it fixed the issue for them)
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1599605
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/300221

if/when there's a fix from VMware, it will most likely mean that you will need to patch your host for it to stage the new client bits on it, then the next time you try to connect with your old client, it will prompt you to download and install the new client.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Does this happen with all your open consoles?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you connect directly to the ESXi server or vSphere vCenter?
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Brian GeeCommented:
If you right-click on vSphere from the taskbar, can you get Maximize or Restore options that way?

Also you could try (when this happens) to right-click on vSphere from the taskbar, select Move (if available) and then click the Up key on your keyboard. Then move your mouse around to see if vSphere is minimizing off the screen for some reason.
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
This happens randomly with different consoles. Currently, I have three consoles open and it just happened to one console.

I am at a Windows 7 workstation and I have one ESXi server. When I start the vmware vSphere client I point the IP address directly to the ESXi server.
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
I mean that I put in the IP address of the ESXi server when I want to connect to ESXi. I only have one VMWARE server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What build of vSphere client are you using?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, I understand that.
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
vSphere Client
Version 4.1.0
Build 345043

VMware ESXi
Version 4.1.0
Build 348481
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just try this version and see if it's any difference, it's a Thin Apped version of the Client (pocket client install on USB stick etc)

It will run, and not install anything, and use the same settings on your PC from registry.
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Danny McDanielClinical Systems AnalystCommented:
I thought I had heard someone else post a question in this zone with similar issues???  I found this but I thought the poster was more specific about minimizing the client.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26877459.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ah, forgot that, this version is older than you are using and will not connect.
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Danny McDanielConnect With a Mentor Clinical Systems AnalystCommented:
and there's also this acknowledgement of an issue when multiple consoles are open...  Opening more than 2 virtual machine consoles in vSphere Client fails with an internal error (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1035639)
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