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HTML5 Client – the new way of managing vSphere environment?

HTML5 Client – the new way of managing vSphere environment?

Since vSphere 6.5, VMware killed standard Windows vSphere Client. However, it was promised so we should not be suprised (anyway I am still shocked ;)).

Fortunatelly, every cloud has a silver lining. I reckon that VMware is aware that the current Web Client is not a perfect solution. That’s why they released completely new HTML5 vSphere Client which seems to be quite useful, intuitive and what’s the most important – it works as it should in therms of response times. Some of Administrators claims it reminds the old GSX console.

The darker side of the new Client is that it’s constrained in terms of functionality and it will not let you perform all of the administrative tasks. But do not worry it’s the first release and I hope VMware will expand the functionality quickly.

The HTML5 Client could be accessed by energing the FQDN or IP address of our vCenter in the Web browser, then you will see two possible options – classic Web Client and the new one. You will also notice that there is a caution saying that it has only partial functionality.

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The list of non supported functionalities you will find here.

After you sign in to the new administration interface you will see quite grey and simple but in my opinion still good looking interface.

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The whole structure of it is designed to be intuitive expecially for those Admins which are still using mostly just the standard vSphere client. In my option the design combines the best things from Web and Windows Client in one interface. The problem is just the lask of functionality. I decided to try it and start with configuring iSCSI in my new nested LAB. However, I was quickly brought to the heel – there was not an option to add software SCSI adapter. This suddenly ended my adventure with new HTML5 Client 🙂

To sum up, it would be a handy tool in the future, it just need to be completed in terms of functionality.  Unfortunatelly, for those who want to migrate to vSphere 6.5 there will be still a need to use Web Client.

vSphere 6.5 – vCenter Configuration Backup

vSphere 6.5 – vCenter Configuration Backup

In vSphere 6.5 new feature to backup vCenter Server Appliance is available. You can back up it by using build-in file-based solution which backup the core configuration and inventory into a few files. You can also decide which historical data you want to include in such backup.

The backup is available from VAMI interface ( at port 5480).

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The available locations where you can backup the configuration are:

  • FTP and FTPS
  • SCP
  • HTTP and HTTPS

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As I mentioned before you can choose if you want to backup the historical data aswell or not. The common part ( inventory and configuration) is always checked by default.

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Tha backed up files looks like these:

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In case you are forced to use your backup you have to use the vCSA ISO file downloadable from VMware site and then select the Restore option. The process is quite similar to normal deployment (2 stages in the process).