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I was told that I need VMware vSphere Client, and that it is hard to find the download link.

In fact it is true. I cannot find it on the VMware web site.

I need a free client to connect to our ESXi machines to manage them. Is there any client for Mac OS X?

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Do you know the IP address of the ESXi server? Just pop that IP adress into your web browser (and accept the certificate warning), and you can download the vSphere client directly from the ESXi server itself.

There is no client for OSX however. It is for Windows only.

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great! Thank you for that. – Radek Jul 11 '11 at 23:43
Not with v5 which was announced about an hour ago :) – Chopper3 Jul 12 '11 at 17:51
Damnit, I must get a new crystal ball. – Mark Henderson Jul 12 '11 at 21:37

As of yet, there's no vSphere Client for OS X. If you have an iPad, there's actually a client for that, strangely enough.

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The iPad app is pretty good, but it's limited in what it can do. Also, you require vSphere to get the most out of it. – Mark Henderson Jul 11 '11 at 23:33

FYI, if all you need is basic control from OSX, check out Orbit-VM at

It's aim is to provide an open source, cross-platform GUI for managing vSphere 4 servers.

However, I use this to manange my ESXi 5 box and it works great on Mountain Lion!

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