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I have been a bit perplexed by the whole "web console" for esx 5. I" I hope to add a few html pages and some python scripts server side to the "welcome page" so that I can have a self contained administration console for the esx box. it looks like it uses open wsman to do some of what it does it has a few java scripts mostly with variables and a html page that generates the links from the variables. Has any one found documentation on that or know if it is possible?

Admitidly I have not looked at the api to see if it is possible to have an external web host do what I want it to do, how ever I plan to have all my web servers on the esx box so if it goes down and I need to reset it etc. that makes the web console useless that way.

I would love to recreate the vsphere client in a web form so that Linux clients have no issues dealing with the needed tasks, I even found a way to get the console to launch I will just need to tie some server side scripting in so that the parameters for the launch are included when you click the open console link for the page on a Linux client.

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Are you talking about a single server or a vSphere cluster managed by vCenter? There is a web-based vSphere client for newer VMWare installations now. – ewwhite Jan 7 '13 at 22:40
single, from what I was finding you had to install it to a windows system though I may have the wrong thing. – Kendrick Jan 7 '13 at 23:33

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