On my PC I have installed ESXi (WMware Workstation) & vSphere Client. I want to connect from my laptop to the ESXi Server. Can anyone help me out?

I tried (in vSphere Client) to Add Networking -> VMKernel -> Use vSwitch0 -> check vMotion and Fault Tolerance... and I get an error "There are insufficient licenses to complete this operation". I dont know how to connect or if this is the way to do it...

  • My host OS is Win7 and in VMware Workstation I installed ESXi 4.1.0 and I want to access ESXi server from another pc in my home LAN – Remus Rigo Dec 29 '11 at 21:51
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    Why on earth did you install ESXi inside Workstation? – growse Dec 29 '11 at 21:53
  • Must be a (strange) hobby: serverfault.com/questions/343947/… – Sven Dec 29 '11 at 21:55
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    @growse - there's plenty of reasons. The most common one is evaluation without having to buy hardware. I set up a vSphere cluster inside VMWare Workstation using all the trial editions as a proof of concept for a client before they forked out $100,000 for licenses and hardware. – Mark Henderson Dec 29 '11 at 21:55
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    @Mark - if you can't afford a cheap test box, you can't afford the project. – growse Dec 29 '11 at 21:58

vMotion and FT are advanced, licensed-only features of ESXi. They are not required for remote access.

You need to make sure that VMWare Workstation has a bridged network connection for the NICs you have exposed to your virtualised ESXi instance.

If you've only added one NIC to your ESXi installation, then it's just a matter of loading the vSphere Client on your laptop and connecting to the IP address of the ESXi instance.

If this is a brand new installation of ESXi, you may need to go to the console of the VM and log in (it's an orange and black screen), and configure your management network from there, to make sure it's got an IP address etc.


If you really did install ESXi inside Workstation (again... Why!!!???), you need to set the network mode of the VM in Workstation to bridged. ESXi will then effectively be on the same network as your computer, and you can either assign it a static IP address or it will pick one up from your DHCP server.

Then you can connect with vSphere client.

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    If you have really installed ESXi inside Workstation, DON'T. - you're Doing IT Wrong. – voretaq7 Dec 29 '11 at 21:56
  • Well, there is that. – growse Dec 29 '11 at 21:58

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