Since VMware ESXi 6.5.0, you can manage your VMware ESXi hypervisor, as well as its virtual machines from a web interface named "VMware Host Client".
By default, the HTTPS protocol is configured to allow you to securely access your VMware ESXi hypervisor.
However, the certificate used by default is self-signed and it can't be valid when you access it through the IP address of your VMware ESXi hypervisor.
To ignore this warning, click : Advanced.
Then, click on "Accept the Risk and Continue".
The login page of the "VMware Host Client" web interface of VMware ESXi appears.
Log in as root (for example).
Once connected to this "VMware Host Client" web interface, you will be by default in the "Host" section thereof.
In this section, you will first see :
You will also see a summary regarding the usage of the various system resources :
Note that the capacity listed for CPU usage is the frequency of your physical processor multiplied by the number of physical processors.
Since we have an Intel i9-10980XE processor with a base frequency of 3 GHz and 18 physical cores, VMware ESXi tells us that our processor capacity is 54 GHz (3x18).
At the top of the page, in this "Host" section, you will find several quick access buttons allowing you to :
By clicking on the "Actions" button, you will be able to :
On this page, you will first find a "Hardware" section with :
Below, you will find a "Configuration" section with :
In the "System information" box still below, you will find :
Finally, at the bottom of this page you will find a performance summary for the last hour with a graph allowing you to easily see the history of the use of processor (CPU) and memory (RAM).
In the advanced settings you will find a long list of settings for which you can change the value if needed.
However, you shouldn't change them without knowing what you're doing. Indeed, this is especially useful in the event that you have a specific problem and a VMware KB indicates that you need to modify a specific setting.
Among the available advanced settings, you will find for example the advanced settings :
In the "Autostart" section, you can manage the automatic startup of your virtual machines when your VMware ESXi hypervisor starts.
In "System -> Swap", you will be able to know :
By clicking on "Edit settings", you can enable or disable each of these options and select or not the datastore to use (if you wish).
In "System -> Time & date", you can :
By clicking on "Edit settings", you will be able to :
To synchronize the date and time of your VMware ESXi hypervisor with a time server (NTP), refer to our "VMware ESXi 6.7 - Synchronize the clock from a time server (NTP)" tutorial.
In "Hardware -> PCI devices", you will find the list of your server's hardware.
For PCI devices shown in black, you can most often pass them to a virtual machine if you wish.
To learn more about PCI passthrough, refer to our "VMware ESXi 6.7 - PCI passthrough" tutorial.
In "Hardware -> Power Management", you can find out :
By clicking on "Change policy", you will have the choice between :
If you have chosen the "Custom" power policy, you will have access to about ten settings allowing you to manage the power supply of your hypervisor.
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