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help with vmware sphere 5 and accessing vm's

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Hello,

Sort of new to VMWARE's sphere suite of products.  IN any case, eased through ESXi install inside VM Workstation (nested), install and config multiple VM's, and install vCenter Server and Update Manager.  However...seems the real goal I am stuck on.  Now that I have everything interconnected, and the VM's created, I am unable to access those same VM's via web browser or through VMWare's View....doesn't connect to any of them.  However, I am able to ping thir IP addreses.

I think I am missing something simple.  I understood htat users could access their VM's through a wbe browser or, at least, through the VMWare view utility.

Appreciate the wisdom when you can.
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VMware View is A VDI Product - do you have this installed?

Can you access the VMs using RDP?
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I recommend going through the Install/Admin Guides. After you install the components, you need to install the View Agent. Pg. 45 of the Admin Guide starts the discussion of what to do with your View VMs once created. You need to access them by a "client", which could be a 'thin' or 'zero' client, "stripped-down" PC, or even another VM.

Install Guide: http://pubs.vmware.com/view-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/view-50-installation.pdf
Admin Guide: http://pubs.vmware.com/view-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/view-50-administration.pdf

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THanks folks.  So far...

Elmar-H:  I am running this nested; ESXi 5 is running inside VMWorkstation 8.  Inside that ESXi host is running a windows server 2003 64-bit that is servicing the role of vCenter Server.  I have tested modifyinbg the ports and then turning off the firewall on the main Windws 7 Ultimate system without results.  Is there a way to modify the firewall settings for the ESXi host itself?  Again, I can ping to the VM machine from outside; but cannot RDP neither browse nor view to it.

Hancocka:  I have the view installed on the remote workstation (remote being aother computer on the network but outside of the vSphere infrastructure.  Is there more of the VDI that need be installed on the ESXi or vCenter Server machines?  No I cannot RDP to the vm machines.

Coolsport00:  I will nmow review your links.  Again, this is a new deployment and new to VMWare (and loving it).

Will keep this post updated.
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Oops...my apology.  Actually the vCenter Server is NOT runnning as a VM inside the ESXi host but, rather, is running as a second host inside the VMWorkstation...
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So you are trying to evaluate and use VMware View 5.0?

VMware View (VDI) Workstations are accessed by a VMware View Client install on a PC, access is via RDP or PCoIP, when you connect to the Server (Broker).

Access via a Web Browser is possible to a VMware Virtual Machine, if you've installed the correct Web Access modules on vCenter server.

I would follow this VMware View walkthrough, if you are testing, evaluating VMware View.


http://paulslager.com/?p=572
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Thanks all...

several replies on the vmware view walkthrough is actually for the product's prodecessor.  THe currnet (and one I am using) is version 5, and is part of the vSphere version 5.  There are modules and references for version 4.5 that are non-existent in version 5.
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You should easily be able to follow 4.5/5.0.
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Did you install the VMware View 5.0 Connection Server?

Did you install the VMware View Agents on the VMs?

Did you install the VMware View Client on the Computer that needs to connect to the View 5.0 Connection Server?

What's the error message from the VMware View Client?

for test purposes you should be able to RDP to a VMware VDI computer?
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When you say you have

"I have the view installed on the remote workstation "

what do you mean by this?
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