VMware vSphere 6.0 lets you to use vSphere Client to log into both ESXi and vCenter

Posted by Paul Braren on Mar 17 2015 (updated on Mar 19 2015) in
  • ESXi
  • Virtualization
  • For folks doing vSphere 6.0 beta testing, it’s no secret that this wasn’t even possible, to use vSphere Client to log in to your vCenter. Now that vSphere 6.0 is here, VMware has relented a bit on the speed at which they’re urging us all to move away from the snappy (C#) Windows-based VMware vSphere Client, to the (now less sluggish) vSphere Web Client. To be fair, putting the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) onto a VM on a thinly-provisioned SSD gets all things admin running much faster, but I digress.

    This is big news for folks still wondering about whether this actually works, who haven’t had a chance to build their 6.0 based home lab just yet. I mean c’mon, it’s been almost a week already!

    In this ADD-friendly 30 second animated looping video, with the boring segments sections sped up, you’ll clearly see:

    • the vSphere Client log in, the traditional way, straight to the ESXi 6.0 host
      root / Passw0rd!

    • a second instance of the vSphere Client log in to vCenter VCSA
      administrator@vsphere.local / Passw0rd!

    Why are you still watching this? Don’t you want to see for yourself that it works in your home lab?


    If you still have a beta lab going, but want to upgrade to the GA-level VMware vSphere Client, doing so will allow you to log in to the beta VCSA appliance. Just use the link you see when you point your browser to your ESXi host, which is this direct download


    Install it, and it works! Of course, it’s beta, and is completely unsupported. Thanks to Javier, who noticed this handy behavior!

    See also on TinkerTry

    VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here’s how to download it fast
    Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and VCSA
    LastPass keeps you from having to type administrator@vsphere.local every time you login with vSphere Web Client