To access a virtual machine's console in the vSphere Web Client, you must install the Client Integration Plug-in. You can also use the Client Integration Plug-in to connect virtual devices that reside on a client computer to a virtual machine.

You install the Client Integration Plug-in only once to connect virtual devices to virtual machines that you access through an instance of the vSphere Web Client.

The following guest operating systems and browsers support Client Integration Plug-In installation:

Operating system

Browser

Windows 32 bit and 64 bit

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and 3.6

Linux 32 bit

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and 3.6

1

Click the Download the client integration plug-in link.

Option

Description

vSphere Web Client login page

a

Open a Web browser and enter the URL for the vSphere Web Client.

b

At the bottom of the vSphere Web Clientlogin page, click Download Client Integration Plug-in.

Guest OS Details panel

a

Select a virtual machine in the inventory and click the Summary tab.

b

In the Guest OS Details panel, click Install client integration plug-in to view VM console.

2

(Optional) If the browser blocks the installation, either by issuing certificate errors or with pop-up blocking, follow the Help instructions for your browser to resolve the problem.

You can now open the virtual machine console to configure operating system settings, run applications, monitor performance, and so on.