ESXi 5.5 Web Access 503 Service Unavailable error

Posted on 2015-01-17
Last Modified: 2015-01-18
Hi There,

I can access my 5.5 ESXi server from VSphere client ok, i see the Web Access service is started but when i try and access the ESX management console from the web address ie. <IP Address>/UI i get a 503 error. I've tried to restart all services but still the issue persists. I assume the web console is supported on this version (I assume its encouraged in fact) but i can't seem to have it work for this new install.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Do you have a single ESXi 5.5 server ?

or do you have vCenter Server 5.5 ?

Are you trying to use the Web Client Interface to manage your ESXi 5.5 server, this is only possible by using Web Client interface of vCenter Server 5.5! If you do not have vCenter Server, you will need to use the vSphere Client (C#).

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Hi Andrew,

I"m using ESXIi 5.5 server - its free for up to 5 machines, sadly as vCenter Server 5.5 is at cost so that's not an option for me as i'm just testing VMware out at home.

Aside from removing into a windows vm running vsphere client are you aware of any other way of managing this lab from my mac?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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I'm afraid not. There is no web interface for the free standalone version.

fyi - ESXi 5.5 free registered edition can RUN UNLIMITED number of VMs.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: What's New in VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)

You can use up to 4TB of memory in the FREE version.

Your VMs are ONLY limited by the resources, you give the host, e.g. CPU, Memory, and Disk Storage!

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Thanks Andrew. That answers my question - also thanks for the additional information on the free versions  limitations.

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