nrdk
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VMware ESXi 5.5 Beginner - Installation/Setup Issues

Good afternoon,

I've been having some issues with getting my first ESXi installation up and running. I've used VMware Fusion for quite some time, and the main thing I'm looking to do is migrate over a current running development environment to my home-based ESXi server. I've done plenty of reading but just can't quite wrap my head about what piece of the puzzle I'm missing. I've got ESXi installed, I already converted the VM to an ovf file, and I'm all set to start.

I've installed and am running ESXi 5.5, assigned static IP, enabled SSH, etc etc. Everything seems to be up and functioning correctly, I can reach the box fine going to the static IP in any web browser, however once I do so is where I start running into issues.

From my understanding, there should be a Web Client I can use from my Mac to manage and start adding hosts, however to date I've not run across the ability to do so, just a basic landing page which gives links to the vSphere Client and some other general info. After some frustration, I decided to move on from the Web Client and dust off an old XP box I had in order to install the vSphere Client. However, when attempting to connect through the vSphere Client (entering the same static IP I used to bring up the prompt to download the client, and same user/pass combo to log onto the physical host of ESXi) I receive an unknown error and can't get anywhere.

What am I doing wrong here?

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khaliqamar
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I think client for mac is not available. ref :vSphere Web Client and Mac OS X

you can put a new vm in your mac and install vmware virtualcenter in it then you can run

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Ethan44
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Hi

Welcome to the communities.

Are you looking this ?

http://www.punchingclouds.com/2009/06/06/vsphere-client-on-mac-os-x/

Take care!

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nrdk
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Thanks for the replies.

Yes, I am looking for a Mac solution however the problem is still present even when trying to connect to the ESXi box from a WinXP box. For some reason, there is a connection error although I can connect fine through the Web in order to download the client

Edit: I think I must be missing a step in my thinking here, please correct me if I'm wrong however the general idea is the following:

Install ESXi host over hardware and configure network info.

Connect to ESXi host through vCenter client to manage and setup fresh virtual machines.

Am I missing a step in the process here for installing/configuring a portion after the bare ESXi config?

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