The vSphere Client enables you to connect to an ESX/ESXi host and to a vCenter Server system.

You must have the vCenter Server installer or the vSphere Client installer.

You must be a member of the Administrators group on the machine.


Run the vSphere Client installer.

In the vCenter Server installer, double-click the autorun.exe file at C:\<vc-installer location>\ and click VMware vSphere Client.

If you downloaded the vSphere Client, double-click the VMware-viclient.exe file.


Choose a language for the installer and click OK.

This selection controls the language only for the installer. When you use the vSphere Client, the vSphere Client appears in the language associated with the locale setting on the machine. You can alter this behavior with a command-line instruction or by changing the locale in the registry of the machine. See Basic System Administration.


When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.


Select I agree to the terms in the license agreement and click Next.


Type your user name and company name and click Next.


Select Install VMware vSphere Host Update Utility to manage host patches, updates, and upgrades from this machine and click Next.

For large deployments and for environments with clustered hosts, VMware recommends that you use vCenter Update Manager instead of the vSphere Host Update Utility.


Accept the default installation location and click Next, or click Change to select a different location and click Next.


Click Install to begin the installation.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

You can use the vSphere Client to connect to an ESX/ESXi host or to connect to a vCenter Server system.