The vSphere Client is a graphical user interface to vCenter Server and to hosts.

A login screen appears when you start the vSphere Client. After you log in, the client displays the objects and functionality appropriate to the server you are accessing and the permissions available to the user you logged in as.


Log in to your Windows system.

If this is the first time you are starting the vSphere Client, log in as the administrator.

If the managed host is not a domain controller, log in as either local_host_name\user or user, where user is a member of the local Administrators group.

If the managed host is a domain controller, you must log in as domain\userdomain\user, where domain is the domain name for which the managed host is a controller and useris a member of that domain’s Domain Administrators group. VMware does not recommend running on a domain controller.


Double-click a shortcut or select the vSphere Client from Start > Programs > VMware > vSphere Client.


Enter the server name, your user name, and your password.

If you are logging in to a vCenter Server system that is part of a Connected Group, logging in to that server connects you to all servers in that group.


Only previously entered server names appear in the Server drop-down menu.


Click Login to continue.

You are now connected to the host or vCenter Server system.