greenpride32
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Is the VC Management Webservices installed by default?

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I didn't install the VMware-WebClient.exe file that is bundled with the vCenter 5 install.  But a service called "VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices" was installed, as part of the vCenter install, that starts Tomcat and listens on port 8443.  I can connect to port 8443 with a web browser and it jus shows a few "garbage" characters.  I suppose I can just disable the service, but I would have prefered a cleaner install (ie don't install any of those components unless I specified to install the web management client).

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kjb007
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Again, the management webservices provide :  functional areas in the vSphere Client, such as Performance Charts,  Hardware Status, vCenter Service Status.

This KB article describes what happens when it doesn't function properly:  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2013082

-KjB

vExpert/VCP/VCAP vmwise.com / @vmwise -KjB

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zXi_Gamer
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If the web management services are installed along with VC installation, though you did not select it, then you should raise this as a bug with VMware. Ideally, this would mean that an unnecessary port is being opened without the confirmation of the user.

BTW, if you wish to have this feature, then I believe this kb would help you, just in case, you might have not come across it.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=201746...

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aravinds3107
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vCenter Management Services is a differernt Componenet which comes with vCenter installation package, if you choose not to install choose custom option and perform the vCenter install.


FAQ's for Web Services

I didn't install the VMware-WebClient.exe

It is a new componet which can be used as alternative for windows based vSphere Client.

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kjb007
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Management webservices are what provides the new performance tab graphs, as well as search functionality.  It is installed by default, the only option you have is how much memory to give it, small/medium/large.  It is not the web client or server.

-KjB

vExpert/VCP/VCAP vmwise.com / @vmwise -KjB
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zXi_Gamer
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I agree with kjb007. After going thro a doc, I figured that the query services are instantiated by the vCenter Management Services. Also, I have read, that actual web based management of VC is possible, but in future releases of vSphere.

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greenpride32
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The management webservices services is basically Tomcat 6; if you stop it tomcat6.exe stops.   I'm not exactly sure what is providing.  I only use the standard VIC for management; are there reports that can be accessed through the VIC that tie back in to Tomcat?

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zXi_Gamer
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I'm not exactly sure what is providing.

In your VC, try searching for a VM in the search box or try checking the performance graph of a host. These two features are run on management webservices.

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kjb007
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Again, the management webservices provide :  functional areas in the vSphere Client, such as Performance Charts,  Hardware Status, vCenter Service Status.

This KB article describes what happens when it doesn't function properly:  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2013082

-KjB

vExpert/VCP/VCAP vmwise.com / @vmwise -KjB

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greenpride32
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Thanks for the KB article link.

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