Two versions of the web console are available. With both versions, the JAR files are loaded over the network during the initial connection but then saved to the user’s local system. Subsequent connections use the cached files to optimize the use of network resources.

The first version functions as a typical Java applet. The HTML and JAR files are located on the host where the VMware Smart Assurance Business Dashboard is installed. When a user opens the web console, the JAR files are loaded over the network to the user’s web browser.

A second version of the web console uses Java Web Start. Java Web Start integrates the web console with the user’s desktop. This enables users to start the web console directly from their desktop without using a web browser.


When opening the web console or a Dashboard viewlet, the JRE on the user’s system displays a security warning. Users must select Yes or Always to allow the applet to run.