Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux?
Based on vSphere 5 Documentation Center it seems to me that only Windows platform is supported.
It would be great not to run Windows in VirtualBox to manage our virtual machines.
The Vsphere web client only requires Flash in Linux browsers.
Note that in Vsphere 5.0, its functionality is still not 100% to that of the desktop client, but in Vsphere 5.1 it is greatly improved.
To login to the web client use this link: :
According to this blog post on The Sysadmins, there is a Linux version of the VMRC plugin for Firefox required to access the remote console using vSphere Web Client on vSphere 5. Even without that plugin, you can still use the vSphere Web Client, although you will not be able to access the remote console, although you may still perform power actions etc.
The chapter in the documentation you referred to is part of the installation process of installing the "server-side" vSphere Web client on vCenter Server on a Windows server, it's not talking about installing the VMRC console plugin itself.
One possible alternative to using vCenter Web Client on Linux would be to use something like rdesktop to connect to your vCenter Server and then run the vSphere Client through that. This won't help you manage individual ESXi hosts, however, in case the vCenter Server goes down, so having a contingency plan to run the vSphere Client locally is a good idea. This won't work, however, if you choose to deploy vCenter Server as the Linux-based virtual appliance rather than on a Windows Server.
Officially - not supported. Unofficially - just google: https://www.google.ge/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=vsphere%20client%20linux&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=baff1c3dc51ef83&bpcl=35243188&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&biw=1309&bih=675
You can upgrade to 5.1 for free, where functionality has moved to web based client.