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.
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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.
Chromium and Firefox wont work anymore.
But you can install the full Google Chrome which has a working and up-to-date version of Flash.
From this answer: how-to-install-google-chrome-on-ubuntu-14-04.
With Chrome you will be able to open the web client (at least I am).
open a terminal and follow:
cd /tmp wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
If you want the 64bit version just replace
If you encounter any errors simply use
sudo apt-get -f install
To run it from terminal use
google-chrome or hit the super key and search
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.