The vSphere Client is a graphical user interface for ESXi host and vCenter Server management.

A login screen appears when you start the vSphere Client. After you log in, the client displays the objects and functionality appropriate to the server you are accessing and the permissions available to the user you logged in as.


  1. Log in to your Windows system.
    If this is the first time you are starting the vSphere Client, log in as the administrator.
    • If the managed host is not a domain controller, log in as either local_host_name\user or user, where user is a member of the local Administrators group.
    • If the managed host is a domain controller, you must log in as domain\user, where domain is the domain name for which the managed host is a controller and user is a member of that domain’s Domain Administrators group. VMware does not recommend running on a domain controller.
  2. Double-click a shortcut or select the vSphere Client from Start > Programs > VMware > VMware vSphere Client.
  3. Enter the IP address or server name, your user name, and your password.
  4. Click Login to continue.


You are now connected to the host.


If you connect to an ESXi host that is currently managed by a vCenter Server system, you will receive a warning message and changes made to the host may not be reflected in the vCenter Server system