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.


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


Log in to the ESX host as the administrator.


Enter the IP address or host name you noted earlier.


Enter the username root.


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.


Click Login.

A security warning appears.


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.