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.


Disable Internet Protected Mode for Internet Explorer browsers.


Open the browser and select Tools > Internet Options.


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


Click the Download the client integration plug-in link.



vSphere Web Client login page


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


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

Guest OS Details panel


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


Click Download Client Integration Plug-in.


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.