Accessing the VMWare Management Server to Manage VMs

 VMWare virtual machines can be managed via web client (Firefox, IE or Chrome) or via a Windows client. VMWare's prefered method for our current version (5.5) and going forward is management via the web client, so we recommend our customers utilize this method. The Windows client will still be made available for those who prefer it. 

To manage your VMWare VMs from the web client:

Point your supported browser to

Log into the web client using your Gatorlink userid and password or admin account, depending on which account you use to administer your VMs.

Click on the vCenter option directly below Home and then the VMs and Templates tab. You should then be able to expand Datacenter and see the folder/s containing your VMs.


To install the Windows client:

First, be sure to connect to the 'cnshosting' VPN using the info here.

Point any web browser to:

Click on the "Download vSphere Client" link in the left side.

Log in to the vSphere client using the Gatorlink credentials that are assigned to manage your virtual machine(s).  If you're authenticated to your workstation using those credentials, you can click on the check box to "Use Windows session credentials" to pass those credentials through to the server.


Console Access using either method

Console access requires a direct connection between your workstation and the ESX node that the virtual machine is running on. Since the hosts are on a secure network, this connection is only available via the CNSHosting vpn.  Anyone with management rights to a virtual machine can log in to the CNSHosting VPN.

For more information about how to connect to the CNSHosting VPN, please see:

Console access is the only feature affected by this - the ability to power on/off, reset the machine, or gather statistics is available without the VPN client.