Before you can connect to a vCenter Server system, you must register it with the vSphere Web Client.

You can register multiple vCenter Server systems with a single vSphere Web Client. However, the vSphere Web Client can connect only to one vCenter Server system at a time, unless those vCenter Server systems are joined together in Linked Mode.

VMware recommends that you register a given vCenter Server system with only one vSphere Web Client instance, rather than using multiple vSphere Web Client instances to manage that vCenter Server system.

The vCenter Server system in a vCenter Server appliance is preregistered with the vSphere Web Client installed in the appliance. To register another vCenter Server system with the vSphere Web Client installed as part of a vCenter Server Appliance, you must use the admin-app command-line script rather than the Web-based administration tool.

Log-in to the system on which the vSphere Web Client is installed. You cannot register a vCenter Server system with the client from a remote system.

Ensure that you have login credentials with Administrator privileges for the vCenter Server system that you are registering.

If you will use the server IP address to access the vSphere Web Client and your browser uses a proxy, add the server IP address to the list of proxy exceptions.

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Open a Web browser and enter the URL for the administration tool: https://localhost:port/admin-app or https://127.0.0.1:port/admin-app.

Use the localhost or loopback address to access the administration tool instead of using the server IP address. Replace port with the port used by the vSphere Web Client. By default, this is 9443, but can be changed during installation.

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Click Register vCenter Server.

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In the vCenter Server name or IP text box, enter the server name or IP address of the vCenter Server system.

Do not include http:// or https://.

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In the User name text box, enter the user name that you will use to connect to the vCenter Server system.

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In the Password text box, enter the password.

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In the vSphere Web Client server name or IP text box, enter the URL for the vSphere Web Client application, using the IP address or host name of the machine where the vSphere Web Client is installed.

For example: https://example.com:9443/vsphere-client.

Do not use the localhost URL for the vSphere Web Client. If you enter the localhost URL, the license reporting functionality will not be available in the vSphere Client unless the vSphere Web Client and vCenter Server are installed on the same system.

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Click Register.

You can now use this instance of the client to log in to the vCenter Server system.

In the Web browser, open https://client-hostname:port/vsphere-client/ to access the vSphere Web Client and log in to vCenter Server, where client-hostname is the host name or IP address of the client, and port is the port used by the client.