A Global Console can be opened as an application in UNIX environment, as a Web Console in a Web Browser, or with Java Web Start.

When you open a console at the beginning of your session, you will need to log in. This involves specifying your VMware Smart Assurance username and password, broker information, and the Manager name for attachment.

If you initially attach to a Global Manager, one or more consoles display after you log in, depending upon your user profile or the default user profile. For example, if your user profile is configured for the Notification Log and Map Consoles, then two consoles will appear after you log in. If you attach to a Domain Manager, the Topology Browser Console appears first since Domain Managers do not maintain user profiles.