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ESXi 5.5 & Web client?

Tested upgrading of our 5.0 hosts to a 5.5 one and all worked fine (no warnings about move copy :)), but the 5.5 client shows warning about using a web client.

Not looked too much into this yet, but do i need to deploy vcenter 5.5 or can i install a web client or continue with desktop client?

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Reza_aCommented:
You don't need to install anything. That warning just says you should use web client.

you just need to login using vcenter address and port 9443 which is default port:

https://vcenteraddress:9443
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
but we don't use vcentre.  standalone hosts only..
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Jeff PerryWindows AdministratorCommented:
The word from VMware is that the desktop client will be unsupported in the near future and their direction is web based administration.

The desktop client is still supported for a while longer so you do not need vcenter if you don't want it, but you may want to consider putting it on your todo list.

Edit: If you just have 1 to just a few hosts, vcenter is overkill for administration. Once you have multiple hosts/clusters and central shared storage the ability to vm hosts and storage make vcenter really appealing.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Sure, understand all that.
So i now need yet another box for vcentre!!!?
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
You can download a vCenter Appliance which will come as a packaged OS with vCenter installed on it. The evaluation/trial copy works for 60 days after which you can buy a license. It also comes with a Embedded database which can support upto 100 Hosts and 3000 VM's. You will also save on a windows license.

There are only some features that are not available on vSphere client. If you really don't need web client you don't have to install it.
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Jeff PerryWindows AdministratorCommented:
Yes if you want or need vcenter for any reason then you will need something to run it on.

That can either be a physical box or it can be virtual.

At the moment the virtual solution is missing support (last I checked) for at least updates. Which would require yet another box...lol
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
will take a look at the vcentre appliance..
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
can i install a vcenter server appliance on both standalone hosts (for the purpose of backup/failover) or create one and back it up?
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
Yes you can deploy one on both hosts. But you will not be able to manage a single host from two vCenters.

Even backup is an option to keep a copy in case of failures.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
will vmware pull the vsphere client in time?
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
I think it will happen in next upcoming releases. Everyone's used to the C# client and its not that easy to just erase it. Might even happen with next release.
But one thing for sure is that its going to go.. If not in two releases from now. It will go in the third.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
so we must then use vcentre?
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
No then even standalone hosts will be managed by web client i think. But really not sure how its going to work.
Lets just say for now and another two releases you will need vcenter.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
ideas why i cant use windows auth to log into my host?
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
Please ask it as a new question if this one is solved.
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