With the vSphere Web Client, you can access a virtual machine's desktop by launching a console to the virtual machine. From the console, you can perform activities in the virtual machine such as configure operating system settings, run applications, monitor performance, and so on.

Ensure that the Client Integration Plug-in is installed in your Web browser.

Verify that the virtual machine has a guest operating system and that VMware Tools are installed.

Verify that the virtual machine is powered on.


Select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp and click the Related Objects tab.


Click Virtual Machines and select a virtual machine from the list and click it.


Click the Summary tab and click Launch console.

The virtual machine console opens in a new tab of the Web browser.


Click anywhere inside the console window to enable your mouse, keyboard, and other input devices to work in the console.


(Optional) Press Ctrl+Alt to release the cursor from the console window and work outside the console window.


(Optional) Click Full Screen to display the console in full screen mode.


(Optional) Press Ctrl+Alt+Enter to exit full screen mode.


(Optional) Click Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete to send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the guest operating system.