1. Use a web browser (Firefox and Internet Explorer are the two officially supported ones) to
connect to http://yourserver:8222 or https://yourserver:8333 if you selected the default
ports during installation/configuration.
2. If you manage from a Windows client then the VI (Virtual Infrastructure) client is also
available which is what is used to manage ESX/ESXi and Virtual Center too. It is available at
4. Specify yourserver:8333 for the connection in the VI Client.
5. The credentials you specify to logon are admin credentials that you would use on the host
even without VMware installed – VMware does not introduce any credentials/accounts
6. The admin account you use must have a password defined for it or you will not be able to
7. The remote console is a locally installed application which will be installed when the console
tab is first clicked onto.
8. For remote management through firewalls, VPNs or over SSH tunnels, port 902 is also used as well as 8222/8333. Note that during Linux configuration; you may have selected a
different port from 902 as sometimes it can be statically detected as being in use.
9 .Backing up VMs can be achieved in a number of ways:
a. If the VM is not powered up then simply copy all of its files to another location.
b. If the VM is running, take a snapshot and then copy the base disk file(s) to another
location (*.vmdk except *-00001*.vmdk). A new VM can then be constructed using
this disk. Note that you can only have a single snapshot.
c. In a Windows VM, use a VSS (Volume Shadow copy Service) aware backup tool to
create a backup that can then be restored using the same tool to a bare VM.
d. On a Windows host, use a VSS aware backup tool to backup the files that constitute
10. If a VM fails to power on and was not shut down properly, check for .lck files/folders and
remove them if they exist as long as the VM definitely is not running.
12. VMs can be run from external USB drives by defining a datastore for the mount point.
13. Remote datastores can also be added – NFS for Linux hosts and CIFS/SMB for Windows.