Basic System Administration : Using the VI Client : VI Client Overview

VI Client Overview
The Virtual Infrastructure Client adapts to the server it is connected to. When the VI Client is connected to a VirtualCenter Server, the VI Client displays all the options available to the VMware Virtual Infrastructure environment, based on the licensing you have configured and the permissions of the user. When the VI Client is connected to an ESX Server, the VI Client displays only the options appropriate to single host management.
The default Virtual Infrastructure Client layout is a single window with a menu bar, a navigation bar, a toolbar, a status bar, a panel section, and pop-up menus.
Figure 4-1. Virtual Infrastructure Client Layout
The VI Client areas are covered in the following sections: