VMware Host Client Release Notes

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Updated on: 15 NOVEMBER 2016

VMware Host Client 1.8.0 | 15 NOV 2016 | 4454356

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The release notes cover the following topics:

VMware Host Client Overview

The VMware Host Client is an HTML5-based client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The VMware Host Client can also be helpful for troubleshooting individual virtual machines or hosts if vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client are unavailable.

For more information, see the vSphere 6.5 Documentation Center

VMware Host Client and vSphere Client Support Updates

Starting in vSphere 6.5, the VMware Host Client will be the only supported UI for host based management, replacing the vSphere Client, which is the installable client for managing vCenter Server and ESXi hosts.

What's New in This Release

ESXi 6.5 includes an updated version of the VMware Host Client with the following additional features:

  • Add, remove, and edit users, roles, and assignment of permissions for hosts and virtual machines
  • Disk and network performance monitoring
  • Support for VSAN maintenance mode options
  • Auto-start configuration UI settings
  • Visual and user experience improvements to editing virtual machines, sensor monitoring, datastore browsers, column displays, log search, and highlights
  • New columns to display additional information in the virtual machine tables such as annotation and Guest OS
  • Persistence of VMware Host Client settings across different browsers and user machines
  • Access to virtual machine actions while in full-screen console mode
  • Built-in feedback dialog to provide immediate feedback and screenshot from within the application

Previous Releases

  • VMware Host Client 1.4
  • VMware Host Client 1.2
  • VMware Host Client 1.0

Known Issues

  • The mouse might not work for some Windows guest operating systems until VMware Tools is installed
    When you use a Web browser to access a console on an ESXi 6.0 or later host, the mouse might be unavailable when you install a new Windows guest operating system.
    Workaround: Use the keyboard to install VMware Tools. After Windows is booted, mount the VMware Tools ISO, and then use the keyboard to start the VMware Tools installer.

  • The Guest operating system screen resolution might not change automatically
    When you enter full screen mode for a console, the guest operating system screen resolution might not change automatically to fill the screen without scaling, even when VMware Tools is installed.
    Workaround: Ensure that the guest operating system has enough video memory assigned to be able to handle the new resolution. You can edit the settings of the virtual machine to assign enough video memory.

  • You cannot configure Remote CD and Floppy devices in the virtual machine editor or wizard
    The VMware Host Client does not support connecting local CD and floppy devices, and ISO images to virtual machines that are running on an ESXi Host.
    Workaround: Upload the ISO images or floppy images to the ESXi server datastore first and then attach the images.

  • Clicking Upgrade VMware Tools does not start the upgrade process
    When you try to upgrade VMware Tools for a virtual machine in the VMware Host Client, the upgrade does not complete automatically.
    Workaround: The VMware Host Client upgrade option mounts the VMware Tools installer ISO. To perform the upgrade, open the VMware Tools installer application in the guest operating system.

    On Windows, if the CD drive does not use Autostart, open My Computer, double click on the CD/DVD drive, and double click VMware Tools Installer.exe.

    On Linux, mount the CD drive to run the VMware Tools installer, and run the installer manually from the command line.

  • The VMware Host Client stops responding if you lack permissions to the host object
    The VMware Host Client might stop responding if you do not have read-only permissions to the ESXi host object.
    Workaround: To use the VMware Host Client as a nonadministrative user, you must have read-only permissions to the entire host object hierarchy. To get read-only permissions, right click on the host in the VMware Host Client navigator, click Permissions, add the user with a Read-only role, and select Propagate to all children.

  • You cannot inflate thin virtual disks
    The VMware Host Client currently does not support inflating thin virtual disks.
    Workaround: To inflate a thin virtual disk, enable SSH to the host that you are managing, log in, and use vmkfstools to inflate the disk.

    For instance:

    ssh user@esx host ip or hostname

    # vmkfstools --inflatedisk path to vmdk file

  • You cannot remove a USB controller from the VMware Host Client version 1.8
    If you add a USB controller to a virtual machine in the VMware Host Client version 1.8, you cannot remove the USB controller.
    Workaround:To remove the USB controller from the VMware Host Client version 1.8, you can perform one of the following actions:

    If the ESXi host that you are logged in to with the VMware Host Client is managed by vCenter Server, remove the USB controller by using the vCenter Server.

    If the ESXi host that you are logged in to with the VMware Host Client is not managed by vCenter Server, use the VMware Remote Console or VMRC to remove the USB controller. If you add a USB 2.0 controller to a virtual machine by using the VMware Host Client, remove the controller directly by using the VMRC. If you add a USB 3.0 controller to a virtual machine by using the VMware Host Client, you cannot see that controller in the VMRC. To remove the controller, add a new USB 3.0 controller by using the VMRC, and then remove the controller from the VMRC.

  • You cannot remove a USB device from the .vmx configuration file in the VMware Host Client
    When you are managing an ESXi host in the VMware Host Client and connect a USB device from the ESXi host to a powered off virtual machine, you cannot remove that USB device from the VMware Host Client. If you power on the virtual machine and remove the USB device, that device disappears from the virtual machine but stays in the .vmx configuration file and appears in the VMware Host Client again after you power off the virtual machine.
    Workaround: To remove the USB device, manage the ESXi host with vCenter Server and remove the device there.

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