In previous post of this series, we learned about how to install and configure vCener Server Appliance. In this post, we’ll learn, how vSphere Web Client works for managing and controlling vCenter Server activities. After installation of vCenter Server either in Windows environment or an appliance, you can logged-in vCenter Server by using vSphere Web Client. vSphere Web Client is an interface that used to manage your virtual environment from a single location. If you missed previous posts regarding vCenter Server 6.0 installation, you can find them here.
1. vCenter Server Architecture
2. Installing vCenter Server with Embedded PSC
3. Installing vCenter Server with External PSC
4. Installing vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)
To access vSphere Web Client, open your installed web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc, and enter the URL of your vCenter Server. In my lab setup, it would be https://www.vc.vcp.com. Enter your credentials and click on Login.
vSphere Web Client Home page will appear. From vSphere Web Client Home page, you can manage vCenter Server inventory, you can monitor your infrastructure environment, and complete system administration tasks.
After opening the Home page, you’ll find the 5 different panes which are used for different tasks.
On the first left top corner, Navigator windows helps us to navigate through different vCenter Server options.
Home is known as main body of your virtual infrastructure in shown via vSphere Web Client as you can see in above figure. It consists of 3 parts.
a. Inventories: It displays all the inventories available in vCenter Server such as vCenter Inventory Lists, Hosts and Clusters, VMs and Templates, Storage etc.
b. Monitoring: This part of Home pane helps us to monitor the tasks, events in the form of Task Console, Event Console.
c. Administration: This part of Home pane helps us to administer and manage the vCenter Server such as assigning roles, managing licensing, and system configuration.
On the right side of your main screen, you’ll find alarms and warnings generated by system
4. Work in Progress
Status of running tasks in vCenter Server are shown under Work in Progress
5. Recent Tasks
It shows currently running or completed tasks in vCenter Server.
For complete guidance regarding vCenter Server installation and configuration, you can follow VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 2 – vCenter, Alarms and Templates , or you can take Learning vSphere 6 Course, and is highly recommended.
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