Today VMware made a new Fling available: vSphere HTML5 Web Client. This is what we all were waiting for! A HTML5 bast Web Client. No Flash! I've deployed it in my Homelab to see what it already can do. Of course, it does not have the functionality of the Flash based Web Client, but the performance is great and the design looks nice. The new Web Client is available for both, the vCenter Server Appliance, and the Windows based vCenter.
Download: vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Installation can be done in 10 minutes and is very simple. All steps are explained in detail here.
- Download Appliance
- Activate SSH and bash Shell on the vCSA
- Deploy the ova
- Run a configure Script
The HTML5 Web Client runs on an external Virtual Appliance. The performance is very nice. Here are some impressions:
One feature that only the c# Client has (always missed that in the Web Client) is that when something in the platform changes, like powering on virtual machines, it responds immediately. Both Web-Clients needs to be refreshed. That's one of the points why I am sill using the C# Client for administration.