Just installed the hypervisor and it is up and running fine (in Test mode). Using the corresponding version of vSphere Client works fine too. Now sites like this show a Web Client that I just cannot see. When I visit https://my-esxi5/, the vSphere Welcome Screen does not show the Web Client link at the right side. Also, https://my-esxi5:9443/ seems to not be an open port.

Is it available at all in the free version?


No, it is not. Link to the feature faq.

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  • I can't see the explicit information that confirms this - nevertheless it seems to be correct. What a shame - this was the only feature I switched to 5 for... Thanks for answering! – Paul Nov 4 '11 at 14:16
  • They wouldn't make much money if they gave away the useful stuff. :-) – ceejayoz Dec 29 '11 at 15:49

I ended up using Proxmox VE. It is much more bare bones than a proper vSphere installation and in the free (as in freedom - not as in beer like ESXi) version it does not offer the fuzzy feeling of help from support if ever needed. (Not that I am a believer in a fully supported stack at all...)

But it does run fully virtualized Windows VMs (KVM) alongside Container virtualized Linuxes (OpenVZ), is completely adminstrable from a web browser, capable of forming clusters, doing live migrations and snapshot backups.

The right tool for the (my simple) job.

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  • The question was explicit about a feature of ESXi. Obviously, there are other solutions, but that doesn't matter in this context. – Sven Dec 29 '11 at 16:42

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