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Just started using the Web Client for vmware. During the install it prompts for my SSO server and credentials. So not only does it seem to want to home to a specific datacenter but It will will not install unless I enter valid SSO information.

Is there a version that will install the client and without needing to home to a SSO server? Off-line mode? The reason I would like to do this is so I can take my laptop from site to site and attach to many different vmware data centers.

If there isnt a version that will do what I would like it to do, how do other bring their laptops to a new site to work on a totally new vmware site without re-installing the client every time?

Thank you for any help.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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I don't re-install the client, each time on my laptop, I just put the vCenter Server FQDN in

1. vSphere Client (C#), followed by username and password, and domain name which will give me access to vCenter Server.

2. Put the correct URL in my Web Browser of choice, usually chrome, e.g. https://vcenter.<domin.ac.uk:9443/vsphere-client/#

I often have four or five connections to different vCenters at one in different tabs.

(you do not need to install anything on your laptop anymore, for connection to vSphere vCenter, okay, you may need to install the Client Integration Plugin, but only once).

So what are you doing different ?
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Thank for the quick reply.

I was certain I was doing something wrong. This all seemed far to unwieldy to be "new and improved".

I was under the impression I had to install the Web Client and the Plug-in on a computer that was to be used to manage vcenter.

So the Web Client install is done only on the vcenter server and management computers need only hit the URL and install the Plug-in, correct?
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So the Web Client install is done only on the vcenter server and management computers need only hit the URL and install the Plug-in, correct?

This is correct. I think VMware have badly named this component "Web Client", and I'm not sure why they don't called it vCenter Web Server or vCenter Server Web Portal or vCenter Server HTTP Portal!

You are not the only Expert Exchange member, to have been confused by the name Web Client, thinking it must be installed on the client, (workstation), it's to be installed on the vCenter Server, along with SSO, Inventory, and vCenter Server Service.
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Poor naming of that component for sure! Ha! Thanks again for setting me straight!
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Yes, it's very poor, and I was pondering over this today, why they called it that!!!
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