The Client Integration Plug-in provides access to a virtual machine's console in the vSphere Web Client, and provides access to other vSphere infrastructure tasks.

You use the Client Integration Plug-in to deploy OVF or OVA templates and transfer files with the datastore browser. You can also use the Client Integration Plug-in to connect virtual devices that reside on a client computer to a virtual machine.

You install the Client Integration Plug-in only once to connect virtual devices to virtual machines that you access through an instance of the vSphere Web Client. You must restart the browser after you install the plug-in.

If you install the Client Integration Plug-in from an Internet Explorer browser, you must first disable Protected Mode. Internet Explorer identifies the Client Integration Plug-in as being on the Internet instead of on the local intranet. In such cases, the plug-in does not install correctly because Protected Mode is enabled for the Internet.

The Client Integration Plug-in also enables you to log in to the vSphere Web Client using Windows session credentials.

For information about supported browsers and operating systems, see the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.

1

Disable Internet Protected Mode for Internet Explorer browsers.

a

Open the browser and select Tools > Internet Options.

b

Click the Security tab and deselect Enable Protected Mode for the Internet and Local intranet zones.

2

Click the Download the client integration plug-in link.

Option

Description

vSphere Web Client login page

a

Open a Web browser and enter the URL for the vSphere Web Client.

b

At the bottom of the vSphere Web Client login page, click Download Client Integration Plug-in.

Guest OS Details panel

a

Select a virtual machine in the inventory and click the Summary tab.

b

Click Download Client Integration Plug-in.

3

If the browser blocks the installation, either by issuing certificate errors or with pop-up blocking, follow the Help instructions for your browser to resolve the problem.

You can open the virtual machine console to configure operating system settings, run applications, monitor performance, and so on.