Using the web interface (VMware Host Client) of your VMware ESXi hypervisor, you can manage your virtual machines, monitor their resource usage and even access their console.
To do this, connect to this web interface and go to : Virtual Machines.
By clicking on the name of a virtual machine, you will find a lot of information about it :
Start your virtual machine by clicking on "Power on" and you will be able to see the real-time use of system resources by this virtual machine on the right :
In the "General Information" section, you will be able to see :
If you deploy the nodes present in this "General Information" section, you will be able to see :
In the "Performance summary last hour" section located just below, you can easily see the history of the use of the processor (CPU) in percent (%) and RAM in GB for the last hour by this virtual machine.
In the "Hardware Configuration" section still below, you will see :
Note that some of the informations listed above are only visible if you deploy the corresponding node.
In the "Resource Consumption" section still below, you will see :
Using the options at the top of the desired virtual machine page, you can perform the most common actions :
If you click on the "Actions" button, you will be able to :
In this "Actions" menu, the "Power" submenu allows you to manage the power supply to your virtual machine :
In this "Actions" menu, the "Guest OS" submenu allows you to correctly perform some actions in the guest operating system using VMware Tools :
As you will understand, if the VMware Tools are not installed in the guest operating system or if they are not running, these options will therefore not be able to work. Except the options concerning the installation or the upgrade of VMware Tools.
If your virtual machine is started (powered on) and you open a browser console, you will see that the "Guest OS -> Send Keys" option is now available.
As you can see, thanks to this "Send keys" submenu, you can send different keys or key combinations :
In this "Actions" menu, the "Snapshots" submenu allows you to :
To learn more about snapshot management, refer to our tutorial : vmware-esxi-6-7-instantanes.
In this "Actions" menu, the "Console" submenu allows you to :
As previously stated, opening a browser console will display your virtual machine's console in the same page that is currently open.
If you choose the option "Open console in new window", a new window will appear and the console will take all the space available in this window.
If you choose the option "Open console in new tab", the console will be opened in a new tab of your web browser.
If you choose the "Launch remote console" option, your web browser will ask you to choose the program to use.
Among the compatible programs, you will find "VMware Remote Console (VMRC)" and "VMware Workstation".
In this case, we have chosen "VMware Remote Console (VMRC)" which is a very good alternative to VMware Workstation Pro to manage virtual machines running on your VMware ESXi hypervisor.
Indeed, the management of a virtual machine from these 2 programs is quite similar.
In this "Actions" menu, the "Autostart" submenu allows you to :
If you click on the "Help" option of this "Actions" menu, you will find information concerning some informations displayed on the page, such as the state of your virtual machine, the space allocated or used, the hostname of the virtual machine, ...
When you deploy the node of a virtual machine, you will find a "Monitor" option which will allow you to consult the performances, the events, the tasks, ... concerning this one.
By default, in the "Performance" tab, you will find a graph with the percentage of virtual processor (CPU) use by it over the last hour (by default).
In the 1st list available on the left, you can also select "Memory" to see the use of the host memory (random access memory) used in GB.
You can also know the usage rate at the storage level by selecting "Disk".
For the use of the disk, you will find :
If you select "Network", you will be able to know :
In the "Events" tab, you will be able to see the latest events that have occurred on this virtual machine.
For example : powered on (startup), powered off (shutdown), reconfiguration of the virtual machine.
In the "Tasks" tab, you will find the latest tasks that have been launched on this virtual machine.
Such as :
In the "Logs" tab, you will find a history of all the log files created each time your virtual machine is started.
These contain a lot of information that can be useful to VMware technical support in case you have a problem with your virtual machine.
The log file with the highest number is the most recent and therefore the most useful if a problem has recently arisen with this virtual machine.
Note that the "Generate Support Bundle" option allows you to create a compressed file including these log files, as well as many other files. Then, you can send this compressed file to VMware Support so that they can help you solve your problem.
However, be aware that this may contain sensitive information, so don't send it to just anyone.
In the "Notifications" tab, you will find the notifications about this virtual machine.
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