Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client

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Updated on: 15 August 2017

vSphere Client 6.5 Update 1 | 27 July 2017 | ISO Build 5973321

This document tracks the release of vSphere Web Client workflow functionality not available in the vSphere Client at the release of VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Functionality not included in the following tables was supported in the vSphere Client at the VMware vSphere 6.5 release.

  • Unsupported Functionality. This table describes functionality that is not yet available in the vSphere Client.
  • Supported Functionality. This table documents the vSphere Web Client workflow functionality added in releases after VMware vSphere 6.5.
 

Unsupported Functionality

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

Functional Area
Workflow
Unsupported in the vSphere Client
Additional Notes
Cluster Configuration
  • Proactive HA
 

Content Library

Content Library Management and Configuration

  • Create published library
  • Import and export library items
  • Clone library
  • Tags and library summary portlets
  • Administratirve services
 

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
 

Datastore

Management

  • VVOL capability profiles capacity summary portlet
  • Unmount existing VVOL datastore from hosts
  • Datastore capability sets
 
Distributed Switch Management
  • Add and manage hosts (template mode)
  • Edit distributed port settings
  • Advanced features: NIOC, port mirror (edit sessions), traffic filtering, LACP
  • Import and export distributed switch and distributed port group
  • Manage physical network adapters for distributed switch
  • Health check
  • Topology view
  • Upgrade distributed switch
 

Fault Tolerance

Displays and Operations

  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
Host Management Host Configuration
  • Configure host profiles
 
Host Management Network Configuration
  • Health checks
  • Migrate VMs to another network
 

Host Management

Storage Policy

  • Manage view
  • Related items view
  • Create and edit storage policy wizard
  • Delete storage policy component
 

Host Storage

Management
  • I/O filters
 

Host Storage

Virtual Flash

  • Resource management
  • Host swap cache configuration
  • Add virtual flash resource capacity
 
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
 

vApp

 vApp

  • All edit and display settings
  • All workflows
 
VCHA

Management and Deployment

  • All workflows
 

Administration

Global Permissions

  • Read only view of global permissions details
  • Create permission
  • Edit existing role of a permission
  • Right click on object to add permission
 

Administration

Single Sign-On

  • Users and groups
  • Configuration
 

VM Administration

Deployment

  • Deploy VM from content library wizard
 

VM Administration

Profiles

  • Manage VM profiles
  • Batch manage VM profiles
 

VM Administration

Storage Policies

  • Storage policy components view
  • Create and edit storage policy component dialog
  • Delete storage policy component
 

VM Configuration

VM Edit Settings

  • Device configuration options
  • Adding the hardware devices: floppy drive, serial port, parallel port, host USB device, USB controller, SCSi device, PCI device, SATA controller
  • SDRS rules
  • vApp options
  • Edit advanced settings
  • Fibre channel NPIV
 

VM Configuration

VM Summary

  • Advanced configuration portlet
  • Virtual machine storage policies portlet
  • vApp details portlet
  • Update manager compliance portlet
  • Video card details in hardware portlet
 

VM Encryption

All

  • All workflows
 

VM Customization

Image Customization

  • New and edit customization specifications wizards
 

VM Deployment

Deploy OVF/OVA

  • Advanced storage
  • Advanced networking
  • Customize template
 

VM Operations

Remote Console

  • Changing preferred console from the gear icon
 
VM Operations Managed VM Operations
  • Notifications for edtting the settings of a managed VM
  • Notifications for snapshot operations on a managed VM
 

VM Provisioning

New VM

  • Missing options for hardware customization
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Compatibility check control layout is similar to the vSphere Web Client 6.0 design with no popup when more than a single message is available.
VM Provisioning Clone VM/Template
  • Advanced view of select storage page
  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
 

VM Provisioning

Register VM

  • Proper permissions check for resource pools and vApps
 

VM Snapshot

Snapshot Operations

 

Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • The current design is taken from vSphere Web Client 6.0.

 

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 in the vSphere Client
Additional Notes
Cluster Configuration 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 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 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 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 6.5 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 monitorring 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

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Fault tolerance operations
  • Fault tolerance summary portlet
  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
Host Management Host Configuration 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 passthrough devices
  • ESXi two-factor authentication (readonly)
  • 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 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 portgroup 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 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 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
 
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
  • Popout 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 hte 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
 

vCenter

Management

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Synchronize all VSAN storage providers
 
Administration Roles 6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Read only view of roles details
  • Create role
  • Clone role
  • Edit role
  • Delete role
 
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 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 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 1 7/27/2017
  • Virtual machine storage policies portlet
  • Details about Managed By
  • Added More Info link about VMware Tools
 

VM Customization

Image Customization

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 exsiting 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 on how column visibility and filtering are managed. It’s done through the columns header.

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 6.5 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
 

VM Provisioning

Clone VM to Template

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All permission checks
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Compatibility check control layout is similar to the vSphere Web Client 6.0 design with no popup when more than a single message is available.

VM Provisioning

Clone and deploy VM from Template

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All permission checks
  • Cloning virtual machines datastore clusters that are not SDRS enabled
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Compatibility check control layout is similar to the vSphere Web Client 6.0 design with no popup when more than a single message is available.

VM Provisioning

Convert Template to VM

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
 

VM Provisioning

Convert VM to Template

6.5.0b 3/14/2017
  • Conversion of multiple virtual machines
 

VM Provisioning

New VM

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
Design and semantical differences from the vSphere Web Client 6.5
  • Compatibility check control layout is similar to the vSphere Web Client 6.0 design with no popup when more than a single message is available.
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

Register VM

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