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Setting up vSphere Web Client

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Hi,
 
 I have setup VCenter Server on a Windows 2008 Server with local IP address 192.168.1.12.
 I like to setup vSphere Web Client and need some help setting that up.
 I have a CISCO 1811 router where, I assume, I need to setup some port forwarding to connect to vCenter Server via web. Please see attached document that contains the screenshots from vSphere Web client installation.

Thanks.
vSphereWebClient.doc
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TCP 80, 443, and 902.

See the main firewall document for details

VMware KB: TCP and UDP Ports required to access vCenter Server
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1012382
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by:sglee
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Well, the only problem with opening these ports - TCP 80, 443, and 902 - is that 80 is being currently forwarded to IIS/webserver and 443 is being forwarded to SBS2011 for RWW (Remote Web Workplace). 902 is not being used at this point.
What options do I have?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Sorry, just spotted Web Client uses 9443       TCP

vCenter 5.x       9443       TCP       vSphere client       vCenter Server       vSphere Web Client Access
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by:sglee
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Are you saying that I just need to forward port # 9443   / TCP to vCenter Server computer?
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Thats correct
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OK. I set up port forwarding for port #9443 to internal IP 192.168.1.12 (TS3) where I installed vCenter Server.
What would be correct URL from outside of the network?
https://remote.domainname.com/vspher-client ?
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OK. That worked. but I get an error message saying  "There are no vCenter Server systems registered. Contact your administrator to fix this issue".

I was trying to register vCente Server from the vCenter Server Computer (192.168.1.12 / TS3) using IE: https://localhost:9443/admin-app/#, but not sure what to enter into vSphere Web Client server name or IP field?
Please see attached.
vCenter-2.doc
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you use the client URL

https://remote.domainname.com:9443/vsphere-client/

make sure you have working DNS
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In the field "vSphere Web Client server name or IP, I think I need to enter either Netbios Computer Name or IP address. Did you see the attachment in my previous posting?
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enter FQDN not ip addresses
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vCenter Register FailCan you tell me if I entered the correct information for vCenter Server Connection Information section as well as vSphere Web Client URL Information?
Apparently there is an error.
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you need to use vCenter login credentials not root....

root is login for ESXi
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I got you.
Where can I verify vCenter login credentials?
I tried to use my windows login creditials, but it did not work and I don't recall creating any separate credentials.
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the windows credentials you use to login to vCenter
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I got you. I had to enter (internal windows network domain name\username) instead of just username. That worked.
Also in the vSphere Web Client URL Information field, I entered "remote.domainname.com"

Thanks for your help and I can access vCenter from the web browser now.
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hanccocka, one more not-related question.
I have done this before, but I forgot.
Where do I go to set up the VM so that they come back or boot automatically as ESX server comes back from, say, after power outage so that I don't have to start each VM manually?
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new question, off topic.
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Ok I will create one later.
Thanks for your assistance.
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no problems
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