To manage a VMware ESXi 6.0 hypervisor, you must use the "vSphere Client" thick client, whose download link "Download vSphere Client" is available on the default web page of this hypervisor.
By default, you can't manage your VMware ESXi hypervisor, as well as its resources (virtual machines, databanks, etc.) from a web interface.
However, thanks to a fling (unofficial feature), you will be able to install the "ESXi Embedded Host Client" which corresponds to the "VMware Host Client" web interface available natively since VMware ESXi 6.5.
By default, if you connect to your VMware ESXi 6.0 server with a web browser, you will arrive on a page with a download link to the "vSphere Client" for Windows thick client appropriate for your version of VMware ESXi.
On the "VMware Flings" site which references interesting features for various VMware products, you can find the "ESXi Embedded Host Client" fling.
As you can see, this fling is for VMware ESXi 6 and was officially included in VMware ESXi later (status : Productized).
To download this fling :
Confirm the download of the "esxui-signed-12086396.vib" file.
If you want to get the direct download link for this file, right click "Copy Download Link" on the downloaded file.
To be able to install this vib file, you will need to log into the command line (SSH) on your VMware ESXi 6.0 hypervisor.
To do this, start the "VMware vSphere Client" client and connect to your VMware ESXi hypervisor as "root".
Click on : Inventory.
Then, go to the "Configuration" tab, then to the "Security Profile" section and finally, click on : Properties (on the right of the list of services).
In the "Service Properties" window that appears, select the "SSH" service and click on : Options.
Start this "SSH (TSM-SSH)" service by clicking on : Start.
Now, this service is running.
By default, you must manually start and stop this service before you can use it.
Otherwise, select "Start and stop with host" for this "SSH (TSM-SSH)" service to start automatically when VMware ESXi starts.
On Windows, you can use the "PuTTY" SSH client which has the advantage of being very well known, free and very light.
Simply enter the IP address or domain name of your VMware ESXi server and click Open.
Log in as "root".
Install the fling by typing the following command :
esxcli software vib install -v https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/esxui/esxui-signed-12086396.vib
Once the fling is installed correctly, this will appear :
Installation Result Message: Operation finished successfully. Reboot Required: false VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_esx_ui_1.33.1-12086396 VIBs Removed: VIBs Skipped:
The important thing is the presence of the "Operation finished successfully" message which means that the installation was completed correctly.
Navigate to the "http://[IP address of your VMware ESXi server]/ui/" address and you will see the "VMware ESXi" login page of the "VMware Host Client" appear.
Log in as "root" as you would with the thick client.
When using the "VMware Host Client" for the first time, a message will appear regarding participation in the Product Improvement Program.
In production, it's common to not join Product Improvement Programs for privacy reasons.
So, uncheck "Join CEIP" and click OK.
As you can see, the version of VMware ESXi used is : 6.0.0.
Although this web interface is only available natively since version 6.5 of VMware ESXi.
Thanks to this web interface, you will be able to manage your virtual machines.
Manage your datastores.
Manage network settings, including port groups, ...
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