You can revert the Configure tab back to the former Manage tab presentation in the vSphere Web Client by editing the file.

About this task

In vSphere 6.5, the Manage tab for an object (vCenter Server, Datacenter, Cluster, Host, Virtual Machine, etc.) is renamed to Configure. Within the Configure tab, the subtabs are removed and replaced with a flattened menu. You can perform the same tasks with the Configure tab that you could with the former Manage tab.

If you want to revert this tab's presentation back to the Manage tab's presentation, edit the file to turn off this change.


Certain changes to the vSphere Web Client are not controlled by this changed flag. For example, the Permissions tab style cannot be reverted.


  1. Log into the vCenter Server you want to make this change.
    • Use SSH to log into a Linux-based vCenter Server.

    • Use RDP to log into a Windows-based vCenter Server.

  2. Edit the file and change the navigation.tabMode.convertSecondaryToToc flag from true to false.
    • For a Linux-based vCenter Server, the file is located in the /etc/vmware/vsphere-client directory.

    • For a Windows-based vCenter Server, the file is located in the C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-client folder.

  3. Log out from vCenter Server and log back into the corresponding vSphere Web Client.

Example Configuration

If you changed the file to revert back to the Manage tab presentation, the lines should resemble the following:

 # Flag to enable the use of a single TOC view for the configuration of inventory objects.

To turn the tab back to the Configure tab presentation, change false to true.