When you create virtual machines on your VMware ESXi hypervisor, you can access their console from the VMware ESXi web interface.
However, you can also access it remotely via VMware Workstation (which is chargeable) or from VMware Remote Console (VMRC) which is free.
As you can see, by default, you can manage your virtual machine from a web console.
To download VMware Remote Console (VMRC), click on : Console -> Download VMRC.
Note : if your virtual machine is not started, the "Console" button will be grayed out.
In this case, click on: Actions -> Console -> Download VMRC.
Click the "Download Now" button for the Windows version of this software.
Important : a free account on the VMware site is required to download this software for free.
VMware will offer you a "VMware-VMRC-x.x.x-xxxxx.zip" file.
Unzip the downloaded zip file and run the "VMware-VMRC-x.x.x-xxxxx.exe" file located there.
The VMware Remote Console configuration wizard appears.
Click on Next.
Nothing special for the installation of this software.
Once VMware Remote Console is installed, click Finish.
To use a virtual machine of your VMware ESXi hypervisor using VMware Remote Console (VMRC), you must go through the VMware ESXi web interface.
Select the desired virtual machine, then click : Actions -> Console -> Launch remote console.
If your virtual machine is already powered on, you can click on : Console -> Launch remote console.
Depending on the web browser you are using, a confirmation may appear.
In the case of Mozilla Firefox, a "Allow this site to open the vmrc link?" message will appear.
In this case, check the "Always allow https://[IP address of your ESXi server] to open vmrc links" box and click on : Choose Application.
Then, if VMRC is installed on your computer, Mozilla Firefox will tell you that you can open the vmrc link with the "VMware Remote Console" application.
Check the "Always use this application to open vmrc links" box and click : Open Link.
If you have never changed the SSL certificate of your VMware ESXi server, an "Invalid Security Certificate" warning will appear since the one used by default is self-signed.
Check the box "Always trust this host with this certificate" and click on : Connect Anyway.
Wait while VMware Remote Console (VMRC) connects to the remote virtual machine.
As you can see, you will be able to use the virtual machine present on your hypervisor as if it were present on your computer.
With VMware Remote Console (VMRC), you will be able to manage your virtual machine the way you want, including its virtual hardware.
To begin with, in the "VMRC -> Power" menu, you can manage the power supply of your virtual machine :
In the "VMRC -> Removable Devices" menu, you can manage :
For each removable device, you will find a "Settings" option to access the relevant settings.
By clicking on this "Settings" option of the desired removable device, you will automatically arrive on the settings of this one.
By clicking on "VMRC -> Send Ctrl+Alt+Del", you can send this key combination to the guest operating system (without it being detected by the operating system of your physical computer).
In the "VMRC -> Manage" menu, you can :
By clicking on "VMRC -> Full Screen", you will be able to use this virtual machine in full screen (as its name suggests).
By clicking on "VMRC -> Preferences", you will be able to change the preferences of VMware Remote Console (VMRC).
In VMware Remote Console (VMRC) preferences, you will be able to :
In the "VMRC -> Help" menu, you will find :
At the top right, you will find a double arrow that you can click to be able to manage some components of your virtual machine.
You will be able to see these icons in particular :
By right-clicking "Settings" on one of these components, you can directly access its settings.
Note that for the virtual CD/DVD drive, you will be able to manage the insertion or removal of a virtual CD/DVD in it or the connection / disconnection of the CD/DVD drive from the host server (VMware ESXi) as virtual CD/DVD drive.
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