Managing your virtual server using the VMWare 4 Web Client

 Managing your ESX4 virtual server via the browser

VMWare 4.X virtual machines can also be managed via web browser. The VMWare 4 management server supports Firefox 3.X and IE version 6+ browsers. Most of the functionality found in the Windows Virtual Client is available via the browser.

To access the browser management tools, point to url:

https://cns-esx4mgt01.osg.ufl.edu

(note: this host is only available to campus addresses)

Once there, click on the link titled "Log in to Web Access" in the upper right corner.

Log in using your Gatorlink account, such as:   ufad\gatorlinkuserid

Once in the client, expand the DataCenter that your virtual machine's located in. Highlight your virtual machine.

The summary tab displays various statistics for your virtual machine. It shows the resources that are currently allocated for the machine and how much cpu and memory is actually being used at that moment. You'll also see controls to power off, suspend, or reset your virtual machine - these controls are located in two places - on the middle-right side of the screen, and also graphically along the top of the window. You'll also find these controls in the Virtual Machines menu.

The console tab will prompt you to install a plugin for your browser to support the console. It's an .exe for Windows Internet Explorer users, and a .XPI plugin for Firefox users.  Once it's installed, and your browser's restarted,  you'll see an icon in the console tab stating "Open the console in a new window. Click anywhere to open the virtual machine".

When you click in this window, it will spawn a new window, and you'll see the console of your virtual machine. From this window, you can map the virtual cd-rom drive to a physical drive on your computer, or to an ISO image. To do this, click on the Devices pull down and choose the CD/DVD Drive menu.

To send Ctrl-Alt-Del, power your machine on or turn it off, or hit the virtual Reset button from this console, click on VMWare Remote Console, then choose Troubleshoot and choose the option you want.

To install the VMWare tools on a guest, power the machine on (if it's not already powered on), and go to the summary tab in the main browser (not the console window). In the upper right corner of the summary window, you'll see "Install VMWare Tools..." listed. Click on this - it will map the virtual CD/DVD drive for the virtual machine to the current VMWare Tools iso.

 

The main difference between the web client and the Windows client is in performance statistics reporting.