The vSphere Web Client enables you to connect to a vCenter Server system to manage an ESXi host through a browser.

Download the vCenter Server installer.

Verify that you are a member of the Administrators group on the system.

Verify that the system has an Internet connection.

Verify that the system meets the software requirements for the vSphere Web Client. See vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client Software Requirements. The vSphere Web Client requires a 64-bit operating system for installation.


In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.


Select VMware vSphere® Web Client (Server) and click Install.


Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation.

When the vSphere Web Client installation is finished, a browser opens.


Register one or more vCenter Servers on the vSphere Web Client Administration Application page in the browser.


If the vCenter Server uses IPv6, you must specify the server address in IPv6 format, unless you use the fully qualified domain name. As specified in the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) standards for IPv6 addresses, you must enclose the IPv6 address in square brackets: [IPv6-address].


If the browser fails to open or to display the Administration Application page correctly, open the application from the shortcut:

From the Windows Start menu, select Programs > VMware > VMware vSphere Web Client > vSphere Administration Application.