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

1

Select Start > Programs > VMware > VMware vSphere Client.

2

Log in to the ESXi host as the root user.

a

Enter the IP address or host name.

b

Enter the username root.

c

Enter the password you set in the direct console.

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 ESXi 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.

If you are performing the getting started tasks for a basic single-host management system, after you connect to the host with the vSphere Client, use the Getting Started tabs to import a virtual appliance.

If you are performing the getting started tasks for evaluating vCenter Server for a multiple-host management system, do not import a virtual appliance. Install and set up vCenter Server by following the procedures in Getting Started with vCenter Server.