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Samsonite801
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Upgraded to ESXi 5.5 free, upgraded one machine to vmx-10 and now am unable to edit VM settings

As said in the title, I upgraded to ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor (from 5.1), then upgraded one of my VMs to vmx-10 and now am unable to edit that VM's settings using the traditional C# -based VSC client.

Research says I need to use the vSphere Web Client to edit vmx-10 VMs, so I grabbed the Eval version of vCenter Server Appliance (ova) and got it all up/running.

However, once I go into vSphere Web Client I am not able to add my single ESXi host to the virtual datacenter as it complains that my free vSphere Hypervisor licence will not work with this vCenter Eval.

Since this is not the ultra-fancy setup we have at my work (where they have the big bucks for the enterprise virtual datacenter), but rather is my home server setup with standalone ESXi running (just to consolidate multiple appliances into one machine and save a little electricity), I am starting to wonder if VMware does not want free guys to be able to play with vmx-10.

Did they really NOT make a way for home users / students of ESXi 5.5 to realistically be able to edit vmx-10 VMs? Do I have to learn how to manually edit the vmx files on only vmx-10 machines and not older ones?

Surely there has got to be a way. Don't they have any kind of free stripped down version of vSphere Web Client to allow ESXi standalone to be managed from there as well?

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Rinzwind
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If VmWare thinks the webclient is the future, then they should make it available for one host vmware esxi platforms...

Come on guys... you want them to use Hyper-V? I think ESXi should be able to supply that web client without vCenter. Or just go on and release new clients... A web client is much more work than a fat client. With less possibilities... If one knows how to program.

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SuperMick
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Smsonite801 is right.  The new VIclient that comes with ESXi 5.5u2, does edit version 10 VMs.  Build number 1993072.  VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1993072.exe.  Thanks.

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tico67
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SuperMick's suggestion worked for me. Thanks SuperMick!

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Robert901
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"If VmWare thinks the webclient is the future, then they should make it available for one host vmware esxi platforms...

Come on guys... you want them to use Hyper-V? I think ESXi should be able to supply that web client without vCenter. Or just go on and release new clients... A web client is much more work than a fat client. With less possibilities... If one knows how to program."

Hyper-V is evil, too Smiley Happy

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DrAlucard
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This was the easiest answer. I saw videos online about converting the VM with the stand alone converter and possibly waiting an hour and such. I figured there had to be an easier way. Thank you very much for your help.

-Dr Alucard

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