Log in to vCenter Server using the vSphere Web Client to manage your vSphere inventory.


If you want to use vCenter Server 5.0 with vSphere Web Client, verify that the vCenter Server 5.0 system is registered with vSphere Web Client.

If you want to use vCenter Server 5.1 with vSphere Web Client, verify that vCenter Server is installed and that both vCenter Server and vSphere Web Client point to the same vCenter Single Sign On instance.


  1. Open a Web browser and enter the URL for the vSphere Web Client: https://client-hostname:port/vsphere-client.
    By default the port is 9443, but this can be changed during vSphere Web Client installation.
  2. In the Username text box, enter the user name that is on the vCenter Single Sign On and has permissions on vCenter Server.
  3. In the Password text box, enter the password.
  4. Click Login.
  5. If a warning message about an untrusted SSL certificate appears, select the appropriate action based on your security policy.
    Option Action
    Ignore the security warning for this login session only. Click Ignore.
    Ignore the security warning for this login session, and install the default certificate so that the warning does not appear again. Select Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings for this server and click Ignore.

    Select this option only if using the default certificate does not present a security problem in your environment.

    Cancel and install a signed certificate before proceeding. Click Cancel and ensure that a signed certificate is installed on the vCenter Server system before you attempt to connect again.


The vSphere Web Client connects to all the vCenter Server systems that the specified user has permissions, allowing you to view and manage your inventory.