Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client

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vSphere Client 6.7
vCenter Server 6.7 | 17 April 2018 | ISO Build 8217866
vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 | 17 April 2018 | Build 8217866

This document tracks the release of vSphere Web Client workflow functionality not available in the vSphere Client at the release of VMware vSphere 6.7. Functionality not included in the following tables was supported in the vSphere Client at the VMware vSphere 6.5 release.

vSphere Client Software Requirements

The following table lists the supported operating systems and minimum browser versions for the vSphere Client.

Operating system
Browser
Windows
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11.0.96 and later.
  • Microsoft Edge version 38 and later.
  • Google Chrome version 50 and later.
  • Mozilla Firefox version 45 and later.
Mac OS
  • Google Chrome version 50 and later.
  • Mozilla Firefox version 45 and later.

 

Unsupported Functionality

The following table documents the vSphere Web Client workflow functionality not currently supported in the vSphere Client.

Functional Area
Workflow
Unsupported Functionality in the vSphere Client
Additional Notes
Content Library Content Library Management and Configuration
  • Clone library
 
Content Library Deploy from template
  • Advanced deploy options
  • Advanced networking template customization
 
vCenter Global view vCenter Server Configuration
  • Edit advanced settings
  • Key management services
  • vCenter High Availability
  • Auto Deploy
 
Distributed Switch Management
  • Topology view filter
 
Host Management Host Configuration
  • Configure host profiles (partial):
    • Copy settings between profiles
    • Attach workflow invoked from the host profile
    • Schedule compliance check
  • Standard switch diagram
  • Host proxy switch diagram

 

Host Storage Virtual Flash   Note: Virtual Flash is deprecated in the vSphere Client
Performance Charts Overview
  • View overview performance charts
 
Search Advanced search
  • Search for VMs by compliance status
 
Global Views Recent Objects view
  • Display recently viewed objects
  • Display recently created objects
 
Related Objects List Actions
  • Action button bar
 
Search Advanced search
  • Advanced search
 
Wizards/Dialogs Inventory Tree
  • Search
 
VCHA Management and Deployment
  • All workflows
 
Administration Single Sign-On
  • Users and groups
  • Configuration
 
VM Administration Deployment
  • Deploy VM from content library wizard
 
VM Configuration VM Edit Settings
  • Device configuration options
  • Adding the hardware devices: floppy drive, serial port, parallel port
  • SDRS rules
  • vApp options
  • Edit advanced settings
  • Fibre channel NPIV
 
VM Configuration VM Summary
  • Advanced configuration portlet
  • vApp details portlet
  • Update manager compliance portlet
 
VM Configuration VM SDRS Rules
  • All workflows
 
VM Deployment Deploy OVF/OVA
  • Advanced storage
  • vService Bindings
  • Customize template
 
VM Operations Remote Console
  • Changing preferred console from the gear icon
 
VM Provisioning New/Clone VM
  • Missing devices/options for hardware customization:
    • Host USB device
    • VM Options > Advanced Configuration Parameters
    • VM Options > Power Management > Wake up on LAN 
    • VM Options > Fibre Channel NPIV
    • Serial port
    • SRIOV networking
 
Licensing Licensing
  • Add and Assign License
 
Solutions

vCenter Server Extensions

  • All workflows
 
Solutions ESX Agent Manager
  • All workflows
 
Network Protocol Profile Network Protocol Profile
  • All workflows
 

 

Supported Functionality

The following table documents the vSphere Web Client workflow functionality added in releases after VMware vSphere 6.5.

Functional Area
Workflow
vCenter Server Release
Release Date
Supported Functionality in the vSphere Client
Additional Notes
Cluster Configuration 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Overrides for VM restart priority
 
6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Proactive HA
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • DRS/HA virtual machine overrides
  • Predictive DRS
  • HA runtime monitoring
  • Create and delete datastore cluster
 
Cluster Datastore 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Configure SDRS rules and VM overrides
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Monitor SDRS
  • Configure SDRS settings
  • SDRS rules and VM overrides (read only)
 
Cluster Monitor 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017

New functionality in vSphere Client only:

  • You can switch between consumed and active memory in the vSphere DRS memory utilization view
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Storage Overview
  • Overview status of inventory objects (VMs, ESXi hosts, clusters)
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Resource utilization and reservation views
  • DRS utilization monitoring
  • Hardware health view
 
Content Library Content Library Management and Configuration 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Create published library
  • Import and export library items
  • Tags and library summary portlets
  • Administrative services
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Display content library templates and other types of files
  • Delete content library
  • Create subscribed library
 
Content Library Deploy from template 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Basic deploy from library
 
vCenter Global view vCenter Server Configuration 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Message of the day
  • Settings
  • Advanced settings (Read Only)
 
vCenter Server Administration Administration 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Roles
  • Global permissions
  • Single sign-on (users and groups, Configuration)
 
Datastore Management 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • VVOL capability profiles capacity summary portlet
  • Unmount existing VVOL datastore from hosts
  • Datastore capability sets
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Datastore default policy read-only view
  • Create NFS 4.1 with Kerberos authentication
  • Create VVOL datastore wizard
  • VVOL datastore default profiles
  • Mount existing VVOL datastore to hosts
  • Register virtual machine
  • Copy, move, rename, and inflate datastore files
  • Change datastore default policy
  • Datastore protocol endpoints
  • Datastore selector advanced mode
  • Download multiple files as ZIP from the File Browser
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Connectivity view (VMFS)
  • Multipathing view (VMFS)
  • Device Backing view (VMFS)
  • Connectivity view (NFS)
  • Create NFS datastore wizard
  • Increase VMFS datastore wizard
  • Upgrade VMFS datastore
  • Mount and Unmount VMFS datastore
  • Unmount NFS datastore from hosts
  • Mount existing NFS datastore to additional hosts
  • Refresh datastore capacity
  • Configure storage I/O Control
  • Edit multipathing policy and paths for VMFS datastore devices
  • Upload folder to datastore for file browser (available only for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox 50 and later).
 
Datastore Storage Providers 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Storage providers master details (read only view)
  • Register new storage provider
  • Remove storage provider
  • Rescan storage providers
  • Refresh storage provider certificate
 
Distributed Switch Management 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Add and manage hosts (improvements)
  • Edit distributed port settings
  • Advanced features: traffic filtering
  • Import and export distributed switch and distributed port group
  • Health check
  • Topology view

Design and semantical differences from vSphere Web Client 6.5:

  • Changes implemented in the add and manage hosts (template mode) functionality lead to creating and introducing a new wizard in vSphere Client 6.7 that lets you create VMkernel network adapters in a batch.
6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Advanced features: NIOC, edit port mirror sessions, LACP
  • Upgrade distributed switch
  • Manage physical network adapters for distributed switch
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Add and manage hosts
  • Create new distributed switch
  • Remove distributed switch
  • Manage port groups for batch operations
  • Storage providers' master details read-only view
  • Advanced features: NetFlow, port mirror (add/remove monitoring session), private VLAN configuration
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Add distributed port group
  • Edit distributed port group settings
  • Edit distributed switch settings
  • Remove distributed port group
 
Fault Tolerance Displays and Operations 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Fault tolerance operations
  • Fault tolerance summary portlet
  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
Host Management Host Configuration 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Attach/detach/change host profile on host and cluster
  • Edit host profile customizations (incl. import and export)
  • Check compliance, pre-check remediation, and remediate host profiles
  • View and edit profile settings
  • Favorites

Design and semantical differences from vSphere Web Client:

  • The remediate and edit host profile worklows are different compared to the vSphere Web Client.
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • ESXi two-factor authentication
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • ESXi NTP settings
  • ESXi join and leave AD/LDAP domain
  • Move ESXi host into and out of cluster
  • Move ESXi host between folders
  • ESXi host certificate operations
  • ESXi change lockdown mode settings
  • ESXi PCI pass-through devices
  • ESXi two-factor authentication (read only)
  • Change host boot device
  • Attach and detach host profile
  • Edit host customizations (excludes export and import from file and resetting host customizations)
  • Compliance views for host profile
 
Host Management Network Configuration 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Migrate virtual adapter to a standard switch
  • Configure gateway on vmknic
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Edit TCP/IP stacks
  • Migrate VMs to another network
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Add standard port groups
  • Add physical network adapters
  • Edit standard port group settings
  • Edit standard switch settings
  • Edit VMkernel adapter settings
  • Manage physical network adapters (standard switch)
 
Host Management Settings 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Host VVOL protocol endpoints
 
Host Management Storage Devices 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Erase partition
  • Turn locator LED on and off
  • Mark and unmark flash disk
 
Host Management Storage Policy 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Manage view
  • Related items view
  • Create and edit storage policy wizard
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Global view
  • Storage policy rules view
  • VM compliance view against storage policy
  • VM storage policy assignments (read-only view)
  • Integrate storage policies in the wizard for deploying OVFs
  • Storage policy delete, check compliance, and reapply
  • Reset VSAN default policy
 
Host Storage Adapters 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Rescan storage adapter
  • Enable and disable paths
  • Storage adapters list
 
Host Storage iSCSI 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Hardware iSCSI to IPv6 support
  • Edit advanced options
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Edit general settings
  • View iSCSI hardware network settings
  • Add software iSCSI adapter
  • Disable software iSCSI adapter
  • Add and remove network port binding
  • View static and dynamic discovery target details
  • Add static and dynamic discovery targets
  • Edit adaptor authentication
  • Edit target authentication
  • Remove target
  • Read-only advanced options
 
Host Storage Management 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • I/O filters
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Edit host cache configuration
  • Protocol endpoint properties, paths, and datastores
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Edit multipathing policies
  • Attach and detach device
  • Rescan storage
  • Refresh storage system
  • Update SCSI LUN display name
  • Datastore list integration
  • Add and remove software FCoE adapter
  • Read-only host cache configuration
 
Host Monitoring Hardware Health 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017

New functionality in vSphere Client only:

  • Sensor timestamps available in the hardware health view
  • List of software packages installed on ESXi 6.5 hosts and later is available under Configure > System.
 
Host Storage Virtual Flash 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Host swap cache configuration
 
Performance Charts Performance Charts 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Select full range of metrics in advanced performance charts
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Utilization chart for datastore by file type
  • Pop out chart in new window
 
Related Objects Lists Related Objects Lists 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Quick filter
  • Live refresh
Note: In vSphere 6.5 Update 1, the functionality to filter by column is replaced by introducing a quick filter function above the grid.
Summary Tab Portlets 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Reorder, expand, collapse and persist portlets
 
Navigation Navigation History 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • View the object and tab name in the browser history
 
vApp vApp 6.7 4/17/2018
  • All edit and display settings
  • All workflows
 
vCenter Management 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Synchronize all VSAN storage providers
 
Administration Global Permissions 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Read only view of global permissions details
  • Create permission
  • Edit existing role of a permission
  • Right click on object to add permission
 
Administration Roles 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Read only view of roles details
  • Create role
  • Clone role
  • Edit role
  • Delete role
 
VM Administration VM Profiles 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Manage VM profiles
  • Batch manage VM profiles
 
VM Administration Compliance 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Check VM compliance
  • SPBM compliance column in VM list
 
VM Administration Storage Policies 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Storage policy components view
  • Create and edit storage policy component dialog
  • Delete storage policy component
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Reapply storage policies for out-of-date VMs
 
VM Administration Summary 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • VM compliance summary portlet
 
VM Configuration VM Edit Settings 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Adding the hardware devices: host USB device, USB controller, SCSi device, PCI device, SATA controller
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Adding the hardware devices: exist hard disk, RDM disk
  • Remote console options
  • Boot options power management
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • SCSI Controller
  • Edit general options except guest operating system
  • VMware Tools
  • Enable log
  • Swap file location
 
VM Configuration VM Summary 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Virtual machine storage policies portlet
  • Video card details in hardware portlet
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Virtual machine storage policies portlet
  • Details about Managed By
  • Added More Info link about VMware Tools
 
VM Encryption All 6.7 4/17/2018
  • All Workflows

Design and semantical differences from vSphere Web Client:

  • The vSphere Client introduces new visual and interaction design for VM encryption.
VM Customization Image Customization 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • New and edit customization specifications

New functionality in vSphere Client only:

Ability to customize all network properties, incl. default gateways, when applying a customization specifcation to a VM (e.g. when cloning or customizing GOS on existing VM)
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Policies and Profiles > VM Customizations Specifications: list, details, actions (no wizards yet)
  • Customize Guest OS of VM during clone operations
  • Customize Guest OS of an exsisting VM
Toolbar actions for creating new specifications on the Customize Guest OS page of the Clone VMs wizard might not be ported to vSphere Client.
VM Deployment Deploy OVF/OVA 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Basic OVF/OVA deployment
Available only for vCenter Server 6.5
VM Lists VMs 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • VM list on vApp
  • Sorting and filtering by column
 
VM Lists Templates 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Sorting and filtering by column
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • The vSphere Client introduces new visual and interaction design in the columns header for improved column visibility and filtering.
VM Migration Drag & Drop 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Drag & drop between datastore and datastore cluster
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Drag & drop between inventory trees
  • Drag & drop between objects lists and inventory tree
  • Drag & drop of hosts outside one cluster
  • Drag & drop of VMs between folder and data center
 
VM Migration Migrate VM 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Migration to new compute and storage resource
  • Migration to another cluster
  • Migration of multiple virtual machines at once
  • Migration across vCenter Servers
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Migration to another datastore or datastore cluster
  • Migration requiring a network change
 
VM Migration Move To 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Move to folder
In vSphere Client 6.5 Update 1, actions such as move to host/cluster, datastore or network are deprecated.
VM Operations Install and Upgrade VMware Guest OS Tools 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Batch mode install, upgrade, and unmount for multiple virtual machines selected from a virtual machine list
  • Client-side checks for insufficient privileges or incorrect states
 
VM Operations Power Operations 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Keyboard shortcuts for power operations
Open the Guest OS action menu to see the available power operations.
VM Operations Remove/Delete VM 6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Remove multiple VMs from vSphere inventory
  • Delete multiple VMs from vSphere inventory
 
VM Operations Managed VM Operations 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Notifications for operations on managed VM templates
 
6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Notifications for edtting the settings of a managed VM
  • Notifications for snapshot operations on a managed VM
  • Notification when invoking any action on Monitor tab > All Issues view of a managed VM
 
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • An additional notification is displayed when an operation is performed on a VM that is managed by a solution.
 
VM Provisioning Clone Template to Template 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
  • Advanced view of select storage page, which provides ability to make storage configurations per disk
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
VM Provisioning Clone VM to Template 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All permission checks
  • Advanced view of select storage page, which provides ability to make storage configurations per disk
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
VM Provisioning Clone VM from Template 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All permission checks
  • Cloning virtual machines datastore clusters that are not SDRS enabled
  • Advanced view of select storage page, which provides ability to make storage configurations per disk
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
VM Provisioning Convert Template to VM 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
VM Provisioning Convert VM to Template 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Conversion of multiple virtual machines
 
VM Provisioning New/Clone VM 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Additional devices/options for hardware customization:
    • SCSI controller
    • USB controller
    • SATA controller
    • PCI and Shared PCI device
    • CPU > CPUID Mask > Advanced
    • Video card
    • VM Options > VMRC options
    • VM Options > VMware Tools > Power Operations assignments 
 
6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Deploy VM from a VM template by choosing New VM wizard > Deploy from template > Data center tab
  • Proper permission checks for resource pools and vApps 
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • Additional options for hardware customisation:
    • VM Hardware > add new RDM disk with standart settings
    • VM Hardware > add existing hard disk
    • VM Options > Boot options
    • VM Options > VMware Tools
    • VM Options > Power Management
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Permission checks on data centers, clusters, folders datastores, and networks
  • Creating virtual machines on datastore clusters that are not SDRS enabled
  • Creating virtual machines under resource pool in vApp
 
VM Provisioning Clone VM 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Advanced view of select storage page, which provides ability to make storage configurations per disk
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
VM Provisioning Register VM 6.5 Update 1d 12/19/2017
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Enhanced Compatibility details view, with ability to group issues by host, VM, issue type
6.5 Update 1 7/27/2017
  • UI validations
  • Customize text on page when registering VM template
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Register VM
  • Register VM template
 
VM Provisioning Remove VM 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Remove single VM inventory
  • Remove single VM template from inventory
  • Availability and permission checks
 
VM Snapshot Snapshot Operations 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • The current design is taken from vSphere Web Client 6.0.
VMFS 6

 

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Add VMFS 6 version in create VMFS datastore wizard
  • View space reclamation settings
  • Edit space reclamation settings
 
Licensing Licensing 6.7 4/17/2018
  • Licensing views (vCenter Server/Cluster/Host)
  • Add new license
  • Licenses administration
  • Products administration
  • Assets administration
  • Synchronize Licenses (For example - Import license keys data from license file)
 
6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Assign License action (vCenter Server/Cluster/Host)
  • Rename License action
  • Remove License action