When you connect to an ESX host with the vSphere Client, you can manage the host as well as all of the virtual machines that the host manages.

1

Start the vSphere Client.

Double-click a shortcut or select Start > Programs > VMware > VMware vSphere Client.

vSphere Client log in with blank IP address, username, and password fields

2

Log in to the ESX host as the administrator.

a

Enter the IP address or host name you noted earlier.

b

Enter the username root.

c

Enter the password you specified using the direct console.

If you did not set the password using the direct console, leave the Password field empty.

3

Click Login.

A security warning appears.

4

To continue, click Ignore.

This security warning message occurs because the vSphere Client detected a certificate that the ESX host signed (default setting). For highly secure environments, VMware recommends certificates that a trusted third party generates. You can set up third-party certificates later.

After you connect to the host with the vSphere Client, use the Getting Started tabs to import a virtual appliance.