vSphere 6.5 brings HTML 5 web client, but this one does not cover all features and functions just yet. Again. Why is VMware releasing a vSphere 6.5 without complete HTML5 based web client management, is unknown. A complexity? Perhaps.
vSphere 6.5 does not have C# client so you're left in the “dark” with the Host client, vSphere Client (HTML5 incomplete – more on this later) and vSphere Web Client (Adobe Flex based). Oh dear… That's not exacly what marketers calls Single Pane of Glas, right? -:)
However, we have information about some significant improvements of the Flex-based client (vSphere Web Client) which, has, for example, a live-refresh. Which is good, but we're still a quite disappointed with this fact that the HTML5 Web Client can be used only partially to manage vSphere 6.5 even if bundled with the GA release. Note that the HTML5 based vSphere client will be a fully supported version in the vSphere 6.5.
We have information about some significant improvements of the Adobe Flex-based client (vSphere Web Client) which, has, for example, an auto-refresh feature, but we're still a quite disappointed with this fact that the HTML5 web client can be used only partially to manage vSphere 6.5.
Let's cover what's known right now about the different management solutions for vSphere 6.5.
- vSphere Web Client – Adobe Flex based. Love or Hate. (Rather hate?). It is currently the main web-based solution.
- vSphere Client – HTML5 based client, which is a successor of vSphere web client. As for now, it's still proposed as “Fling” with limited functionality.
- Appliance Management UI – has basic health information, support for backup/restore, possibility to shutdown, reboot. Management via port 5480. HTML5 based.
- ESXi Host Client – HTML5 based host client. It is mounting star of host-based management. ESXi host client is developed as “Fling” but has been bundled in ESXi 6.0 version. There is no difference for ESXi 6.5 as it is part of the package.
- PSC UI – Platform service controller a HTML5 web-based UI. Since v 6.0 U1 of vCenter server. It can be used to SSO config changes or manage certificates.
vSphere Web client improvements
- Default View is to Hosts and Clusters – yes, this was a major demand of many clients. When you open the web client you go directly to the inventory view.
- Live-Refresh – you can now see what's happening within your environment without needs to refresh the web page. You can see who is creating new VM, or deleting a snapshot etc… you can see the power state change of VMs, through the recent tasks…
- Now you don't have to roll out a VM list – previously you had to roll-up VMs when you had more than 50 VMs. Let's say you had 51 VMs, you had the one item, which you had to roll-up (click) and to expand the VM list. Now you can have 5000 VMs before you'll need to expand the list.
Client Integration Plugin (CIP) Depreciation…
The Client Integration Plugin previously needed for deployment of VCSA, integrated Windows authentication or Smart Cart login, importing OVF/OVA files or importing content into content libraries…
Client Integration Plugins
But, things go to the right direction….
- vSphere 6.5 no longer needs/uses CIP.
- There is still one (optional) plugin called Enhanced Authentication Plugin which is used for Windows Authentication and smart card authentication. If you don't use one of those, you don't have to install this plugin. If you need one of those, then this plugin is a simple install. Without creating problems with different browser versions etc…
The Fling has been very good. The development of the tool was very good so far, with many updates, new releases, almost on weekly basis. So it goes really to the good direction….
The new UI has been based on Clarity theme and all VMware products will be in the future using this technology. The VMware HTML5 Fling page here.
- Integrated into VCSA 6.5.
- No Plugins.
- Supports Enhanced Linked Mode (was the first feature supported)
- Feedback is Important, when using, you can give feedback easily via the Smily icon. You can do screenshots, annotate those screenshots, or send just text saying hey folks, you've done a great job !!! There is still a lot of work to do !!! YES
VMware vSphere 6.5:
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Announced !!
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – Native vCenter High Availability (VCSA 6.5 only)
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HTML5 Web Client and More – [This Post]
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VUM, AutoDeploy and Host Profiles
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HA and DRS Improvements
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Fault Tolerance (FT) Improvements
- VMware VSAN 6.5 – What's New?
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VM Encryption Details
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Released – Start Your Download Engines
- How to Migrate Windows Based vCenter to VCSA 6.5 [Lab]
Check our VMware vSphere 6.5 Page for ALL details about vSphere 6.5.
Hey Vladan, nice summary, I would love to hear your comments on a comparison between the ESXi Embedded Host client and the vSphere Client (HTML5).
Both seem to have a pretty decent amount of support, fast updates, and nice interfaces to work with. Is the choice between them simply just a matter of personal preference or is one of them leading in some way?
Vladan SEGET says
You will be using the ESXi embedded host client just to manage single host options (without vCenter), IMHO. Otherwise, the HTML 5 web client shall be updated rapidly to match the vSphere Web Client (Flash) which is the only one right now to manage all vSphere 6.5 features. It got faster, again, in this release. But Yes, that’s all we have for now…. Thanks for your comment.
Def good, but as said still a lot to improve on. Being a constant fling user I really appreciate the quick fixes/updates.
WHAT’S THE POINT of releasing useless ‘not even alpha’ software .. Why drop earlier functionality.
You can’t even deploy an OVA/OVF without all of its settings being preserved .. Sorry to say this is a PATHETIC and FEEBLE attempt of enterprise management software ! BOO @ VMWARE
Like the summary. Did the vSphere Web client also gained some performance. I always getting frustrated when it takes time to load stuff.