vSphere Web Client installation

vSphere Web Client is usually installed on a Windows Server instance using the Simple Install method, which installs vCenter Single Sign-on, vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service and vCenter Server on the same physical server or virtual machine. This section describes the Custom Install method, which enables you to install each vSphere component separately. If you are using vCenter Server Applicance, a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine with all vSphere components included, feel free to skip this section, since vSphere Web Client is installed as part of the appliance.


vSphere Web Client is a cross-platform web application that enables you to connect to a vCenter Server system to manage ESXi hosts. You can install it using VMware vCenter Server Installer. Note that vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) is a prerequisite.

Here are the steps for installing vSphere Web Client using the Custom Install method:

1. Go to the location of the vCenter Server installation software and double-click autorun.exe.
2. In the VMware vCenter Installer window, select vSphere Web Client and click Install:

vsphere web client custom installation

3. Select the installation language:

vsphere web client custom installation language

4. Click Next on the Welcome page:

vsphere web client custom installation welcome

5. Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click Next:

vsphere web client custom installation license agreement

6. Choose the installation folder:

vsphere web client custom installation folder

7. Enter the connection information for vSphere Web Client. Make sure that the ports in question are not already used:

vsphere web client custom installation ports

8. Enter the SSO administrator username and password and SSO Lookup Service URL. The administrative user account is the administrative account used in vsphere.local, a domain used internally by vSphere that you’ve created during the vCenter SSO installation. The Lookup Service URL takes the form https://SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP:7444/lookupservice/sdk, where SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP is the system on which the SSO is installed on and 7444 is the default vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port number:

vsphere web client custom installation sso configuration

9. Review the SSL fingerprint of the SSO Lookup Service certificate and click Yes:

vsphere web client custom installation certificate

10. Review the certificate information and click Install Certificates.

11. Click Install to begin the installation:

vsphere web client custom installation begin

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