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I am new to VMWare. I was told that vCenter Server is the newest and best and that vSphere Client is a thing of the past. I must have vCenter server. I installed it. The machine has 16GB memory. 200GB HD. 4 CPU's running Server 2012 R2. I added one VM through the vCenter Web Client. It worked for a little while then became sluggish. To the point I can't get into the web client anymore. I googled for days and tried everything I could find to fix a slow vcenter server. I figured I did something wrong. I uninstalled vCenter and wiped out the server. Reinstalled 2012 R2 and vCenter. Same thing. Worked for a few hours then died. I hate it!!

Now for my question. Can I still use the much simpler and more stable vSphere client to create and edit VM's even though they are still on vCenter Server? I realize there are bells and whistles on the vCenter but we are a small shop with not much need for those.

Thanks
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by:Neil Russell
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If one VM Kills your server then you have an underlying problem. What is on the VM? What is it running?
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by:manuverhaegen
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Hi, connect with the vSphere client to the ip of the ESX host
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Now for my question. Can I still use the much simpler and more stable vSphere client to create and edit VM's even though they are still on vCenter Server? I realize there are bells and whistles on the vCenter but we are a small shop with not much need for those.

You can, but you will NOT get all the features that are included in the Web Client!

Also NOTE, the vSphere Client (c# legacy client) is DEPRECATED! old and retired, no longer supported, AND WILL NOT WORK with later versions of ESXi or Vcenter Server!

So start using and get used to the Web Client NOW!

Also Read this!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/217602/vSphere-Client-C-R-I-P.html

You should ALSO not connect directly to ESXi if being managed by vCenter Server!
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Sorry for the delay in the response.

As I stated, I am new to VMWare...and it shows! I had created a resource pool for a couple of servers and set a limit on it. I then mistakenly added my vcenter server to that pool. Once I changed the limit to "unlimited" all my servers (9 now) work perfectly, including the vcenter server.

I am giving Andrew credit simply because he told me to stick with the web client because I would eventually have no choice and because of that I kept digging and saw the error of my ways. Thanks.
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I would stay clear of Resource Pools at present, there is no need unless you do not have the resources for all your VMs.
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I found the problem myself, as explained in the solution.
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