vSphere Client Download
In the past it has been a massive pain to download the vSphere client. Although the web UI has become far less clunky and much more streamlined – we still present the vSphere Client download links for ALL client versions to date! A fair chunk of standard day-to-day administration can be comfortably done with the standalone client.
What is the vSphere Client?
The vSphere Client is the principal interface for administering vCenter Server and ESXi; vSphere client download links are all listed above – make sure you have downloaded the correct version for your ESXi release! There’s no problem having more than one installed – the launcher, i.e. the login window you see when you open the client, will connect to your ESXi server and choose the correct version to carry on with – or prompt you to download another version!
The vSphere Client user interface is configured based on the server to which it is connected:
- When the server is a vCenter Server system, the vSphere Client displays all the options available to the vSphere environment, according to the licensing configuration and the user permissions
- When the server is an ESXi host, the vSphere Client displays only the options appropriate to single host management.
When you first log in to the vSphere Client, it displays a Home page with icons that you select to access vSphere Client functions. When you log out of the vSphere Client, the client application retains the view that was displayed when it closed, and returns you to that view when you next log in.
You perform many management tasks from the Inventory view, which consists of a single window containing a menu bar, a navigation bar, a toolbar, a status bar, a panel section, and pop-up menus.