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      • 180. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
        mortengh Enthusiast

        Hello!

         

        Uark! My bad! This is correct! I incorrectly mixed it up with kgottleibs user creation date.

        I fully aggree that this cannot be fixed in months. I know how long software takes to be written. Sorry for the mistake (was not trolling) :-)

         

        Best regards

        - Morten Green Hermansen, Fanitas

        • 181. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
          Harry Flink Lurker

          The web client was just so terrible that I had to use VMWare Workstation (IIRC) to revert all our virtual machines back from version 10 to older versions to be compatible with VMWare vSphere Client.

          We are still using the vSphere Client, because it is a lot more efficient and for that reason we cannot upgrade to new virtual hardware versions.

           

          VMware people, be smart and keep the vSphere Client updated at least for the HW version compatibility.

          You can still continue improving the web client at the same time, but at least it won't be messing with our daily admin tasks until the web client is fast and clean and ready to be accepted more widely.


          Many of the largest issues of the VMWare web client are mentioned in this thread multiple times, but here's how I see them:


          Slow

          It's terribly slow. I believe we can all agree to that.


          Confusing

          How can it be so hard to navigate to find my VMs and servers hidden behind several links? vSphere Client and it's tree view was so easy and fast to use.


          Buggy

          Webclient failed with lot of simple tasks like setting up a notification email addresses etc. It just crashed from time to time and also stopped from responding.


          Bloat

          How come the vCenter Server is that huge (as an image at least) and takes so much space?


          Installing

          Installing vCenter Server is very confusing with lot of options. Selecting something user database related wrong caused it to fail to start anymore. There was no option to change the setting anymore, so reinstalled the vCenter. Actually did it few times.

          I didn't feel brave enough to try to install vCenter Server in Windows 7/Linux host as an application because it seemed like it needs some databases, application servers and lot of configuring. I might be wrong here, but that's how it felt like.

          Couldn't we have somekind of simple setup.exe to install the vCenter Server on Windows (and preferably e.g.deb/rpm packages for Linux?) and then we just configure it with some simple menu screens? I hate to install management tools (vCenter Server) on the same ESXi server as virtual machine I'm going to manage it with, because if the server crashes, how am I supposed to restore anything to another server? By taking time on installing the vCenter Server again somewhere else?

          With vSphere Client I just ran the setup and it just works.


          OS Compatibilty

          Because of flash it never worked directly from my Ubuntu Linux admin host. I run Windows 7 in virtualbox to run vSphere Client in the admin host. It's not ideal, but works very well and fast. I let you guess how fast the webclient was when running in with browser in the Windows 7 virtual machine. Because of flash, I don't expect it to work in anything else than Windows anymore, so flash based webclient isn't exactly "webclient" as people tend to mean by it. Maybe you should fire the SW development lead who decided to go with the flash, because it's been out for a really long time by now. He should have known that. Fast HTML5 single page apps and e.g.NodeJS are in today.



          I hope guys at the VMWare take this dead seriously. We are not mad because we hate you. We are mad because we feel you are ruining the product that is very important to us.


          Best Regards,

          Harry Flink


          • 182. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
            bchris999 Novice

            My experience / 2 cents:

             

            I like the concept of the web client and over time since the 5.0 release as more and more features have been ported to it, I do like the way it works more and more. Yes, some things are in difference places and sometimes longer to get to, but you get used to it.

             

            HOWEVER, I still use the c# client. The web client is just too slow. (And this is still after over sizing the vCenter VM, Java tuning and connecting from Chrome on a heavily spec-ed Windows VM sitting on the same host as vCenter). Sometimes, I can put up with the slowness and just accept it will take 5 times as long to do something. When it really gets to me is when I am trying to fix something that's time sensitive. For example, storage has gone offline and I'm trying to debug why, I don't even think about using the web client. I also always have the c# client open in the background purely to see the tasks view. The web client's refreshing just doesn't cut it in this aspect.

             

            I think VMware have started to realise that the web client needs to serious rethinking. With the release of 5.5 update 2, we can now use the c# client to manage version 10 machines, which is a big step forward (while really going backwards for VMware). The other major problem with the web client is there is no host management, only vCenter management, so if VMware were to drop all c# client support in the future, how do we manage ESXi hosts when vCenter is unavailable.

             

            What I don't understand is... in the world of web applications where there are so many web based applications that work perfectly fine and everything + dog seems to be going toward a web based cloud app, how have VMware managed to screw up the web app so badly? I think the use of Flash is the single biggest factor in why it is so bad. I like the fact it's web based now and I like the direction VMware are taking with it. A re-write in HTML5/CSS/JAVASCRIPT it would possibly solve all problems, but that ship is sailing further and further away as 3rd parties re-write their plugins for the current web client architecture.

            • 183. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
              jameskrolak Novice

              One of their engineers told me at VMworld that they ARE, in fact, rewriting it in HTML5.  What we have currently is a result of them developing it years ago when Flash was the most common way that people wrote web applications.  Now, that being said, it's pretty darn horrible of an app even compared to other Flash-based web apps out there.

              • 184. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                nmarsh1980 Lurker

                I've seen some good web apps, but none of them were for managing a system as complex as vCenter. If what you say is true, I'm cautiously optimistic. VMware really needs to nail it with their next attempt if this going to be the future.

                 

                Edit: I'd still rather use the C# client to be honest.

                • 185. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                  Josh26 Master

                  jameskrolak wrote:

                   

                  One of their engineers told me at VMworld that they ARE, in fact, rewriting it in HTML5.  What we have currently is a result of them developing it years ago when Flash was the most common way that people wrote web applications.  Now, that being said, it's pretty darn horrible of an app even compared to other Flash-based web apps out there.

                   

                  That's been alluded to several times on this thread. But the one person from VMware to make an official response basically came and defended flash, so I remain unconvinced.

                  • 186. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                    MKguy Virtuoso

                    To be precise, what the VMware representative in this thread said was: They are working on an HTML5 client, but it won't make it into the next major release (aka the upcoming vSphere 6):

                     

                    vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!

                    On the flash issue: Yes, web client today is flash based and we acknowledge the vulnerability issue. We are very focused on building a html5 based client right now. We will make announcements when it is ready. Clearly its not going to be in this upcoming major release

                    • 187. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                      dbringer Novice

                      I just upgraded a couple of VM's to VMX10 and am now forced to edit their properties through the web client.  "No problem, I'll give it a chance" I thought......   the web client is very painful, very slow, lots of clicks, not clear etc etc.  I can do my admin in the Windows client very quickly and efficiently - it works great!

                       

                      VMware please turn around this ridiculous policy and go back to supporting the Windows client and have the web client there for folks who aren't running Windows.  If it aint broke - don't fix it!  (i.e. keep the Windows client going, and don't force people off of it).

                      • 188. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                        JMachieJr Enthusiast

                        I did the same thing. Upgraded my VM's to hardware version 10 then realized what a mistake that was. I ended up editing the vmx files on all of my VM's so I could manage them again in the thick client.

                        • 190. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                          bchris999 Novice

                          If you upgrade to 5.5 update 2, you can manage version 10 VMs through the c# client again.

                           

                          See the release notes:

                          Unable to edit settings for virtual machines with hardware version 10 using the vSphere client
                          When you attempt to perform the Edit Settings operation using the vSphere Client (C# Client) in a virtual machine with hardware version 10 (vmx-10), the attempt fails with the following error message:

                          You cannot use the vSphere client to edit the settings of virtual machines of version 10 or higher. Use the vSphere Web Client to edit the settings of this virtual machine.

                          This issue is resolved in this release.
                          • 191. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                            JMachieJr Enthusiast

                            Oh nice. I didn't realize that. I was just looking into 5.5 update 2 and didn't notice that part was changed

                            • 192. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                              dbringer Novice

                              Thanks for the notification, I will grab the update and see how it goes.

                               

                              On another point (but still related to VMware's desire to ruin a perfectly good admin experience), In Vsphere Replication (SRM Plugin), when I wish to rereplicate a VM to a pre-existing base disk on my recovery site (e.g. changing disk size of a protected VM), VMware will not allow me to choose the desired directory from the Windows client but throws up a message about 'this must be done from the Web client'  - what a load of BS!!!!!!

                              • 193. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                                bchris999 Novice

                                Yes, the Replication features are migrating towards web based managed. If you don't like the web client, don't upgrade to SRM 5.8; they have moved management to the web client only (loose all visibility of SRM in the c# client).

                                • 194. Re: vSphere Web Client SUCKs so bad that my experience managing and supporting VMware has turn to SH**!
                                  dbringer Novice

                                  That's very bad news about Replication and the web client.   I'll try and reach out to some folks in VMware, it will do nothing no doubt, but at least when they fold in the future by forcing their customers to use a pile of poop I can say "I told you so".

                                   

                                  aside of that, does anyone know if the Vcenter 5.5 U2 is an inline install?   I don't want a 'surprise' SRM re-deployment dropped in my lap.

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