Where to find it in VMware vSphere Web Client – A technical walkthrough…

Da ich immer wieder in Kunden- und Schulungssituationen festgestellt habe, dass sich vor allem langjährige vSphere Administratoren schwer tun, gewisse Schalter und Funktionen im neuen vSphere Web Client 5.x (5.1 / 5.5) zu finden, möchte ich in diesem Artikel die meines Erachtens wichtigsten Funktionen und Einstiegspunkte des Web Clients an Hand von Screenshots aufzeigen. Er dient als „Where to find it“, als Einstieg für Administratoren, die sich zum ersten Mal mit dem Web Client auseinander setzen bzw. als kleines „Nachschlagewerk“ bevor man lange in den Tiefen des Web Clients suchen muss. Vor allem seit dem Release von vSphere 5.5 und der Virtual Hardware Version 10 wird der Admin teilweise gezwungen, den Web Client zu verwenden…

Auf Grund der Masse an Screenshots (ca. 70 Stück) habe ich die Screenshots  (für eine bessere Suche) in folgende Kategorien unterteilt:

  1. WebClient & vCenter
  2. Cluster
  3. Host
  4. Network
  5. Storage
  6. Virtual Machines

Sollten Screenshots in der Webansicht „zu klein“ sein, einfach daruaf klicken, wird größer 😉 Enjoy…

1. WebClient & vCenter

Hide all Getting Started Pages: Dropdown Menu Help, Hide all Getting Started Pages

01_01_Hide_getting_started_tabs

Licensing: Home, Licensing

01_02_Licensing

vCenter Mail and SNMP settings: Hosts and Clusters, vCenter object, Manage, Settings, General, Edit, Mail or SNMP receivers

01_03_Mail_SNMP_Configuration

Add new or edit Alarms: Hosts and Clusters, vCenter object, Manage, Alarm Definitions, „+“ or Edit

01_04_Add_Alarm

Acknowledge or delete Alarms: Hosts and Clusters, vCenter object, Monitor, Issues, Triggered Alarms

01_05_Check_Clear_Alarms

Manage Roles: Home, Roles

01_06_Roles

Manage Permissions: select any object, Manage, Permissions

01_07_Edit_Permissions

Export Diagnostic Data: vCenter object, right click, All vCenter Actions, Export Diagnostic Data…

01_08_Export_Diagnostic_Data

Object tagging: any object, right click, Assign tag ((mehr zum Thema „Tagging“ hier)

01_09_Tagging

Pause function: click the double arrow in the right top of the window – task is paused -> „work in progress“ (mehr zum Thema „Pause“ hier)

01_10_Pause

2. Cluster

Edit Default VM Compatibility: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, General, Default VM Compatibility, Edit

02_01_Edit_Default_VM_Compatibility

Enable, configure EVC Mode: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, VMware EVC, Edit

02_02_Edit_EVC_Mode

Enable, configure VMware DRS: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, vSphere DRS, Edit

02_03_DRS_Settings

Configure Keep together, separate or VM to Host DRS Rules: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, DRS Rules, Add or Edit

02_04_DRS_Rules

Check DRS Recommendations and Run DRS: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Monitor, vSphere DRS, Recommendations, Run DRS Now

02_05_DRS_Recommendations_Run_DRS

Configure HA: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, vSphere HA, Edit

02_06_Edit_HA

Change default DRS and HA settings for some VMs: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, Manage,  Settings, VM Overrides, Add or Edit

02_07_HA_DRS_VM_Overrides

3. Host

Check hardware status of the Host: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Monitor, Hardware Status

03_01_Monitor_ESXi_Hardware

Reconfigure Host for HA: Hosts and clusters, Host object, right click, All vCenter Actions, Reconfigure for vSphere HA

03_02_Reconfigure_for_HA

NTP Configuration: Hosts ans clusters, Host object, Manage, Settings, Time Configuration

03_03_Time_Configuration

Configure Advanced Settings: Hosts and Clusters, Host object, Manage, Settings, System, Advanced System Settings

03_04_Advanced_Settings

Start and stop services (Direct Console UI, SSH, ESXi Shell…): Hosts and Clusters, Host object, Manage, Settings, Security Profile, Services, Edit

03_05_Service_Start_Stop

Configure firewall and allow IPs and networks: Hosts and Clusters, Host object, Manage, Settings, Security Profile, Firewall, Edit

03_06_Firewall_Configuration

Create a Host Profile from Host: Home, Host Profiles, „+“

03_07_Create_Host_Profile

Attach Hosts or Cluster to a Host Profile: Home, Host Profiles, „Attach/Detach“ button

03_08_Attach_Host_Profile

Check Compliance of Hosts or Cluster: Home, Host Profiles, „Check host profile“ button

03_09_Check_Host_Profile

Remediate Host or Cluster with Host Profile – Step 01: Home, Host Profiles, click your Host Profile

03_10_Host_Remediate_01

Remediate Host or Cluster with Host Profile – Step 02: Monitor, Compliance, select Host or Cluster, „Remediate“ button (Host has to be in Maintenance Mode!)

03_11_Host_Remediate_02

4. Network

Add new Standard vSwitch: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Networking, Virtual switches, „Add host networking“ button

04_01_Add_new_Standard_vSwitch

Change or add Uplink adapters on a Standard vSwitch: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Networking, Virtual switches, „Network card“ button

04_02_Configure_Uplinks_Standard_vSwitch

Edit PortGroup settings: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Networking, Virtual switches, select vSwitch, select Port Group, Edit settings

04_03_Configure_Standard_vSwitch_PortGroup_Settings

Change VMkernel settings (IP, vMotion, Fault Tolerance, Management, Replication): Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Networking, Virtual adapters, select vmkX, „Edit settings“ button

04_04_Configure_vmkernel_Settings

Add new Distributed vSwitch: Networking, Datacenter object, right click, New Distributed Switch

04_05_Add_new_VDS

Edit uplink names: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Properties, Edit, Edit uplink names

04_06_Edit_Uplink_Names_VDS

Configure LACP: Networking, Uplink object, Manage, Settings, Properties, Edit, LACP, Enabled

04_06_LACP_VDS

Configure LLDP: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Properties, Edit, Advanced, Discovery protocol, Link Layer Discovery Protocol

04_07_LLDP_VDS

Configure Health Check: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Health check, Edit, Enable „VLAN and MTU“ and/or „Teaming and Failover“ Health check

04_08_Configure_Health_Check_VDS

Configure reset at disconnect: Networking, Port Group object, Manage, Settings, Properties, Edit, Advanced, Configure reset at disconnect

04_09_Reset_at_disconnect_VDS

Configure NetFlow: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, NetFlow, Edit

04_10_NetFlow_VDS

Configure PortMirror: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Port mirroring, New

04_11_PortMirror_VDS

Enable Network I/O Control: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Properties, Edit, General, enable Network I/O Control

04_12_Enable_NetworkIOC

Configure Network I/O Control Network Ressource Pools: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Resource Allocation, New or Edit

04_13_Configure_NetworkIOC

Import, export (Backup) or restore Distributed vSwitch and Port Group Configuration: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, right click, All vCenter Actions, Import Distributed Port Group or Export Configuration or Restore Configuration

04_14_Export_Import_Restore_VDS_PortGroup

Migrate VMs from Standard vSwitch Network to Distributed vSwitch Network: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Topology, „Migrate Virtual Machine Networking“ button

04_15_Migrate_VMNetwork_Standard_to_VDS

Migrate VMkernels from Standard vSwitch Network to Distributed vSwitch Network: Networking, Distributed vSwitch object, Manage, Settings, Topology, „Add and Manage Hosts“ button, Migrate host networking

04_16_Migrate_vmkernel_Standard_to_VDS

5. Storage

Add Software ISCSI and/or Software FCoE Adapter: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Storage, Storage Adpaters, „+“

05_01_Add_SWISCSI_SWFCoE_Adapter

Enable and configure ISCSI: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Storage, Storage Adpaters, select ISCSI Software Adapter, Properties, Enable or Edit

05_02_Enable_Configure_ISCSI

Add ISCSI Targets: Hosts and clusters, Host object, Manage, Storage, Storage Adpaters, select ISCSI Software Adapter, Targets, Dynamic Discovery, Add

05_03_ISCSI_Targets

Scan for new VMFS and/or storage: Hosts and clusters, Cluster object, right click, All vCenter Actions, Rescan Storage

05_04_Rescan_Storage

Create / add NFS or VMFS datastore: Hosts and clusters, Cluster or Host object, right click, New Datastore

05_05_New_NFS_VMFS_Datastore

Enable Storage I/O Control: Storage, select datastore, Manage, Settings, General, Datastore Capabilities, Edit, enable Storage I/O Control

05_06_Storage_IOC

Create Datastore Cluster: Storage, Datacenter object, right click, New Datastore Cluster

05_07_Create_StorageCluster

Configure Storage DRS: Storage, Datastore Cluster object, Manage, Settings, Storage DRS, Edit

05_08_Configure_StorageDRS

Configure Storage DRS Rules: Storage, Datastore Cluster object, Manage, Settings, Rules, Add or Edit

05_09_StorageDRS_Rules

Enable Provile Driven Storage – Step 01: Home, VM Storage Profiles

05_10_ProfileDrivenStorage

Enable Provile Driven Storage – Step 02: „Enable VM Storage Profiles“ button

05_11_Enable_ProvileDrivenStorage

6. Virtual Machines

Deploy OVF Template or OVA Virtual Appliances: Hosts and Clusters, Cluster object, right click, Deploy OVF Template

06_01_Deploy_OVF_Template

Deploy VM from Template: VMs and Templates, select template, right click, All vCenter Actions, Deploy VM from this Template

06_02_Deploy_VM_from_Template

Clone to or convert to Template: select VM, right click, All vCenter Actions, Template, Clone to or convert to Template

06_03_Convert_Clone_to_Template

Migrate multiple VMs (vMotion / Storage vMotion): select Host / Cluster / Datacenter / Folder, Related Objects, Virtual Machines, select VMs (Strg) , right click, Migrate

06_04_Migrate_multiple_VMs

Check and configure CPU, Memory, Storage Reservations, Shares, Limits of VMs: Hosts and clusters, Cluster object, Monitor, Resource Allocation

06_05_Check_Reservations_Shares_Limits_of_all_VMs

Protect a VM with Fault Tolerance: select VM, right click, All vCenter Actions, Fault Tolerance, Turn On Fault Tolerance

06_06_Enable_Fault_Tolerance

Install/Upgrade VMware Tools: select VM, right click, All vCenter Actions, Guest OS, Install/Upgrade VMware Tools

06_07_Install_VMware_Tools

Configure Hot Add – Part 01: select VM, right click, Edit Settings

06_08_Edit_Settings_VMs

Configure Hot Add – Part 02: Virtual Hardware, dropdown „CPU“, check „Enable CPU Hot Plug“ (VM has to be powered off)

06_09_Hot_Add_CPU

Configure Hot Add – Part 03: Virtual Hardware, dropdown „Memory“, check „Enable Memory Hot Plug“ (VM has to be powered off)

06_10_Hot_Add_Memory

Force BIOS Setup: select VM, right click, Edit Settings, VM Options, Boot Options, check „The next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into the BIOS setup screen“

06_11_Force_BIOS_Setup

Add new virtual hardware: select VM, right click, Edit Settings, Virtual Hardware, New device

06_12_Add_new_device_VM

Change complete MAC address of a VM: select VM, right click, Edit Settings, Virtual Hardware, dropdown Network Adapter, set from „Automatic“ to „Manual“, set MAC Address

06_13_Edit_MAC_Address

Connect CD, floppy, USB devices: select VM, Summary, click „Connect“ button (for USB and USB controller needs to be configured on the VM)

06_14_USB_Client_Connect

vMotion of running VMs without Shared Storage – Part01: Powered On VM, right click, Migrate

06_15_VMotion_without_shared_storage_01

vMotion of running VMs without Shared Storage – Part02: Change both host and datastore

06_16_VMotion_without_shared_storage_02

 

– I wish I could be a Virtual Machine –

 

Benjamin Ulsamer

Senior Consultant & Trainer

teamix GmbH

Benjamin Ulsamer

Benjamin Ulsamer ist seit Januar 2011 für die Firma teamix GmbH tätig. Seine Kernthemen sind VMware, sowie NetApp (bis 2015). Seit 2005 ist er in sämtlichen Projektgrößen und -komplexitätsstufen als Consultant, Systems Engineer & Trainer unterwegs. Seit 2014 gehören auch Datacenter Produkte rund um die Hersteller Trend Micro & Citrix zu seinem Aufgabengebiet. In den Jahren 2015 & 2016 wurde er für seine Blog-Aktivitäten zum VMware vExpert ernannt.

 
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