Say bye to VSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Welcome to HTML5

May 18, 2016, Finally VMware has announced some excited news about the vSphere C# client and the Adobe Flash (Flex) Web Client:

  1. the C# client (AKA Desktop Client/thick client/vSphere Client for Windows) will not be available for the next version of vSphere. Current versions of vSphere (6.0, 5.5) will not be affected, as those will follow the standard support period.
  2. the web client based on Adobe Flash, will be soon replace with a new vSphere HTML5 Web Client (available through a Fling).

This decision is about VMware trying to provide the best user experience: a fast, reliable, scalable modern interface that allows Administrators to get the work done more efficiently. The vSphere HTML5 Web Client is written using HTML5 and JavaScript.

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There has been the HTML5 vSphere Host Client fling available for a while, so it is not difficult to see how the move is going to go. In fact, the fling is now a part of the general availability product now and is included in the core platform for vSphere 6.x from now forward.

Requirements to install HTML5 Flings:

  • 2 vCPU, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB
  • An existing VC6.0 installation (VCSA or Windows). The H5 client appliance will need 4 GB RAM, 2 vCPUs and the hard disk will grow up to 14 GB.
  • Recommended browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE11. Others may work, with some functional or layout issues. Windows vCenter: Was tested with a vCenter on Windows Server 2012 R2, but should work with other versions as well. Please report any issues.

For full instructions please see the H5 Client Deployment Instructions and Helpful Hints.

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