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jdubuke
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VSphere 5.5 and standalone client

hi all,

i just purchased VMWare vsphere standard, and have what appears to be a simple problem, but for the life of me i cannot figure it out.

this is what happened:

used standalone client 5.5 to virtualize an XP machine to 5.5 ESXi server (dell R520 running vsphere std 5.5).

used Vsphere client 5.5 from desktop to log into the server and launch the new virtual machine. launched fine but no NIC. so went to edit the properties of the VM and was told that it COULD NOT edit a version 10 virtual machine.

so my question is:

do i need VCenter to do this? This seems awfully extreme - vCenter is like a 6 grand package!

what am i missing? should o be using something besides the vSphere 5.5 client to manage my virtuals? if so, what is it?

thanks for any advice, and i apologize if this is too much a 'newbie' question!

Jerry

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ashleymilne
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You are going to need to follow this article to downgrade your virtual machine hardware so that you can manage it with the stand alone client.

VMware KB: Downgrading the virtual machine hardware version in ESX/ESXi

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vThinkBeyondVM
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It is not mandatory to have vCenter but vCenter can help you manage your VMs by using web client. Web client (GUI) is one of components that comes with vCenter, which is alternative to desktop client.

If you have VM with hardware version 9 or less, you can manage all your VMs by using vSphere client itself.

Please refer:How to change the properties on the vCenter VM it's VM version 10?


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jdubuke
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Contributor

ok - so the consensus i am getting is the following...

if i want to have Version 10 hardware in my VMs i NEED VCenter and the web client.

if i am OK with version 9 hardware in my VMs I can use the VSphere client.

i CANNOT use the web client without VCenter.

are all of the above statements true? if not, can someone point me in the correct direction?

I understand I can downgrade my VMs to version 9, but isnt that defeating the point a bit?

Thank you for any and all clarifications!

Jerry

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King_Robert
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

It could be the issue with you  V sphere version ..so you can download V sphere version for dell R520

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/driverdetails?driverid=5YC4T

Hope it will work for you..

Thanks

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jdubuke
Contributor
Contributor

yes, i am aware of the customized ISO that Dell provides. This does not appear to be an ESXi issue as much as a clarification to determine what I need to manage my VMs in an ESXi environment with hardware version 10 as stated in my last post.

Thank you,

Jerry

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