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VMWare Vclient cannot connect remotely to Vcenter Server (VSphere 5 ESXi)

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Hi ,
The Vclient on the VM containing the VCenter Server connects fine.
I can connect remotely to this server via RDP using name or IP address
I can ping IP or name from clent that I cannot connect from
I can connect to theould be gr ESXi host from the Win 7 box
I cannot connect from the same client to the Vcenter server that is a VM on the ESX hosttalled on itself even with the firewall turned off.

VM is Server 2008 R2 and I cannot connect to the VCenter server on it except from the client ins
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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check the following ports

can you telnet to the following ports

telnet <ip address> 80
telnet <ip address> 443
telnet <ip address> 902

the above are used by the vSphere GUI client, if you cannot connect firewall or other commiunication exists, between client and server.
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Turn OFF all the Firewalls on the vCenter Server.
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by:Davidloc
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Is there another firewall beside the Win2K8 one ? ie does Vcenter install its own of the ESXi host ? Sorry about  the mess of the first question , EE doesn't allow editing of questions even if you want to correct horrid grammar :)  
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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No vCenter does not install any firewalls

It must be the Windows Firewall. We've seen weird issues with the Private and Public Firewalls on WIn2k8 R2.

Make sure ALL are disabled as a test.

Can you telnet to port 80 and 443, those are the ports used. ESXi 5.0 has a firewall. But you issues here is with vCenter VM, WIn2k7 R2.
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by:Davidloc
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Is there some routing that has to be set up in the host to allow access to the VMs and open the necessary ports ?
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ID: 36898019
You have connected the VM, to a Virtual Port Group on the ESXi host, which has a physical NIC attached?

can you ping the vCenter server externally?
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No routing or ports.

RDP works?
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check the following ports

can you telnet to the following ports

telnet <ip address> 80
telnet <ip address> 443
telnet <ip address> 902
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by:Davidloc
ID: 36898035
no to all ports with the firewall turn off on the VM
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by:Davidloc
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RDP works to the VM from the host that cannot connect to the Vcenter via the Vclient
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must be the VM, 443 is vCenter?

this is vCenter 5.0 Server on Windows or the Appliance?
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by:Davidloc
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Windows set the network  as public and when I set it as domain as it should be it connected correctly. Thanks
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