Access VMware ESXi Console from Ubuntu 14.04


VMware has no native VSphere client for Linux hosts and VMware pushes its users to use the VMware web client. There is a workaround for this but it doesn’t give you the full benefits of using a full pledge VSphere client in Windows, however it gets the job done.

To access VMware ESXi console from ubuntu download the free VMware Player for Linux 64-bit . Move it to your preferred install folder, give execution privilege and install. Follow the installation prompt all through out the process.

mv ~/Desktop/ ~/
chmod u+x VMware-Player-7.1.0-2496824.x86_64.bundle

After the installation, run the command:

vmplayer -H <ESXi-IP-ADDRESS-> -U <USERNAME>

VMware player connect to server

The VMware player window launches on your screen and requests the password to the host. Once you are logged in you will see a list of available virtual machines. If the VM guest is not powered on and you open a console to the VM guest it will be powered on.

VMware player list of VM

Rejohn Cuares

He is Network Engineer working in one of the Managed Service Providers in Brisbane, Australia. His role as an engineer spans across multiple technologies like Unified Communications, Security, Wireless and Routing/Switching. He loves learning new things that makes his job fun and interesting.

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