vSphere Web Client: A Cross-Platform User Interface

VMware vSphere is one of the most widely-used server virtualization solutions available on the market. And vSphere Web Client is the recommended client to access and manage the vCenter Server environment, especially for version 5.1 and later. It is a cross-platform web application that allows you to manage ESXi hosts without installing the legacy vSphere Client software.

Find out more about the vSphere Web Client and how you can combine it with the Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solution.

What Is the vSphere Web Client?

vSphere Web ClientvSphere Web Client is essentially an administrative interface that VMware administrators can use to access VMware hosts. It allows administrators to create new virtual machines and manage existing ones and their resources. As a cross-platform web application, it can be used on all supported operating systems through the supported versions of different web browsers.

The key benefit of using vSphere Web Client over the traditional, Windows-based vSphere Client is flexibility. Administrators can work from any location and use any OS, including Linux and macOS. On the downside, it is based on Apache Flex, which requires Adobe Flash to run; however, it does also utilize an HTML5 web client. vSphere Web Client has complete feature parity with the vSphere desktop client plus a few additional advantages and functionalities.

What Is the vSphere Suite?

Known formerly as VMware Infrastructure, vSphere is a server virtualization product from VMware. vSphere is a software suite with several components, including ESXi, vCenter, vSphere Client and many more.

The ESXi Server is a type 1 hypervisor on which all virtual machines and guest OSes run. It conceptualizes compute resources such as processors and storage into multiple machines. The vCenter Server is a centralized management tool for managing virtual machines, ESXi hosts and all dependent components.

System administrators can access vCenter Server remotely to create, clone and manage virtual machines through vSphere Client.

The vSphere Suite also includes other components and services such as:

What Are the Benefits of vSphere Web Client and Other Client Options in vSphere?

There are several client options for managing vSphere environments. In addition to vSphere Web Client, there are the legacy C# client, HTML5-based vSphere Client, Host Client, vSphere Appliance Management UI (available for vCenter Server appliance) and PSC Management UI.

The vSphere C# client was once ahead of the vSphere web client in terms of feature parity but not anymore. The web client offers all the features and benefits of the legacy C# client and much more:

What Is the Future of vSphere Web Client?

In 2017, VMware announced that future versions of vSphere will not support vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Client (HTML5) has finally reached complete feature parity with the Web Client, and it will be the only client available for managing the vSphere workflows in vSphere 7. Although the vSphere Web Client is still supported on version 6.5 and 6.7, administrators will have to shift to the HTML5-based vSphere client very soon. That’s because vSphere Web Client uses Adobe Flash, and Adobe will not be supporting Flash by the end of 2020. So users will have to upgrade to vSphere 6.7 and use the vSphere Client(HTML5) for managing their ESXi hosts.

Parallels RAS and VMware vSphere

With Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), organizations can build a flexible infrastructure and leverage different cloud deployment models, including private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud. It also supports the hyperconverged model deployed on-premises or on the cloud. For hyperconverged deployments, Parallels RAS supports all major hypervisors. Its support for VMware vSphere allows businesses to deploy and manage virtual desktops on ESXi hosts with ease.

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