Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client

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Updated on: 24 March 2017

vSphere Client 6.5 | 14 March 2017| ISO Build 5178943

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. Functionality not included in the following tables was supported in the vSphere Client at the VMware vSphere 6.5 release.

 

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
  • DRS/HA virtual machine overrides
  • Proactive HA
 
Cluster Datastore
  • Configure SDRS rules and VM overrides
 
Cluster Monitor
  • Overview performance charts
 

Content Library

Deploy from template

  • Advanced deploy options
  • Advanced networking template customization
 

Datastore

Management

  • Datastore default policy read-only view
  • Create NFS 4.1 with Kerberos authentication
  • Create VVOL datastore wizard
  • VVOL datastore default profiles
  • VVOL capability profiles capacity summary portlet
  • Mount and unmount 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
  • Datastore capability sets
 
Distributed Switch Management
  • Add and manage hosts
  • Create new distributed switch
  • Remove distributed switch
  • Manage port groups for batch operations
  • Edit distributed port settings
  • Advanced features: NIOC, NetFlow, port mirror, traffic filtering, LACP, private VLAN
  • Import and export distributed switch and distributed port group
  • Manage physical network adapters for distributed switch
 

Fault Tolerance

Displays and Operations

  • Fault tolerance operations
  • Fault tolerance summary portlet
  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
Host Management Host Configuration
  • ESXi two-factor authentication
  • Configure host profiles
 
Host Management Network Configuration
  • Health checks
  • Edit TCP/IP stacks
  • Migrate VMs to another network
 

Host Management

Settings

  • Host VVOL protocol endpoints
 

Host Management

Storage Devices

  • Erase partition
  • Turn locator LED on and off
  • Mark and unmark flash disk
 

Host Management

Storage Policy

  • Global view
  • Summary view
  • Monitor view
  • Manage view
  • Related items view
  • VM storage policy assignments read-only view
  • Create and edit storage policy wizard
  • Integrate storage policies in deploy OVF wizard
  • Storage policy delete, check compliance, and reapply
  • Reset VSAN default policy
  • Delete storage policy component
 

Host Storage

iSCSI

  • Hardware iSCSI to IPv6 support
  • Edit advanced options
 

Host Storage

Management
  • Edit host cache configuration
  • Protocol endpoint properties, paths, and datastores
  • I/O filters
 

Host Storage

Virtual Flash

  • Resource management
  • Host swap cache configuration
  • Add virtual flash resource capacity
 
Performance Charts Advanced
  • Select full range of metrics in advanced performance charts
Performance Charts Overview
  • View overview performance charts
  • Select full range of metrics in advanced performance charts
Platform 508 Compliance
  • Initial support
 

Platform

Actions

  • Action button bar
 

Platform

Advanced search

  • Search for VMs by compliance status
 
Platform Docking
  • Drag and drop, close, and restore panes
 

Platform

Inventory Tree

  • Drag and drop
  • Inline rename
  • Aggregated nodes
 

Platform

Live Refresh

  • Object navigator live refresh
  • Related lists live refresh
 
Platform Object Selector
  • Show recent objects
 

Platform

Portlets

  • Close portlets
 
Platform Recent Objects View
  • View recent object pane
 
Platform Related Items Lists
  • Action button bar
  • Filter list
  • Quick filter lists
 

Platform

Selection Widget

  • Search
 
Platform Wizards
  • TIWO (Things I am Working On) wizard
  • Sticked workflows (wizard over wizard)
 

vApp

 

  • All edit and display settings
  • All workflows
 

VCHA

Management and Deployment

  • All workflows
 

VM Administration

Compliance

  • Check VM compliance
  • SPBM compliance column in VM list
 

VM Administration

Deployment

  • Deploy VM from content library wizard
 

VM 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
 

VM Administration

Profiles

  • Manage VM profiles (including RGs)
  • Batch manage VM profiles
 

VM Administration

Single Sign-on

  • SSO users and groups
  • SSO configuration
 

VM Administration

Storage Policies

  • Reapply storage policies for out-of-date VMs
  • Storage policy components view
  • Create and edit storage policy component dialog
  • Delete storage policy component
 

VM Administration

Summary

  • VM compliance summary portlet
 

VM Configuration

VM Edit Settings

  • Device configuration options
  • Adding the hardware devices: exist hard disk, RDM disk, floppy drive, serial port, parallel port, host USB device, USB controller, SCSi device, PCI device, SATA controller
  • SDRS rules
  • vApp options
  • Boot options power management
  • Edit advanced settings
  • Remote console options
  • 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 Crypt

All

  • All workflows
 

VM Customization

Image Customization

  • All workflows
 

VM Deployment

Deploy OVF/OVA

  • Advanced storage
  • Advanced networking
  • Customize template
 

VM Lists

VMs

  • VM list on vApp
  • 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

  • Tree to list
  • To and from datastore and datastore cluster
  • To and from standard network, opaque network, or distributed port group
 

VM Migration

Migrate VM

  • Migration of compute and storage
  • Migration to another VMware vCenter cluster
  • Migration of multiple virtual machines at once
 

VM Migration

Move To

  • All workflows
 

VM Operations

Remote Console

  • Changing preferred console from the gear icon
 

VM Provisioning

New VM

  • Missing devices for hardware customization
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

Register VM

  • UI validations
  • Customize text on page when registering VM template
 

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
Release
Release Date
Supported in the vSphere Client
Additional Notes
Cluster Configuration P01 3/14/2017
  • DRS/HA virtual machine overrides (readonly)
  • Predictive DRS
  • HA runtime monitoring
  • Create and delete datastore cluster
Cluster Datastore P01 3/14/2017
  • Monitor SDRS
  • Configure SDRS settings
  • SDRS rules and VM overrides (read only)
 
Cluster Monitor P01 3/14/2017
  • Resource utilization and reservation views
  • DRS utilization monitoring
  • Hardware health view
 

Content Library

Deploy from template

P01 3/14/2017
  • Basic deploy from library
 

Datastore

Management

P01 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

P01 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 P01 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

P01 3/14/2017
  • Fault tolerance operations
  • Fault tolerance summary portlet
  • Migrate secondary workflow
 
Host Management Host Configuration P01 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 P01 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 Storage

Adapters

P01 3/14/2017
  • Rescan storage adapter
  • Enable and disable paths
  • Storage adapters list
 

Host Storage

iSCSI

P01 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 P01 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   P01 3/14/2017
  • Utilization chart for datastore by file type
  • Popout chart in new window

Platform

Portlets

P01 3/14/2017
  • Reorder, expand, collapse and persist portlets
 
Platform Navigation P01 3/14/2017
  • View the object and tab name in the browser history
 

vCenter

Management

P01 3/14/2017
  • Synchronize all VSAN storage providers
 
VM Administration Roles P01 3/14/2017
  • Read only view of roles details
  • Create role
  • Clone role
  • Edit role
  • Delete role
 

VM Configuration

VM Edit Settings

P01 3/14/2017
  • SCSI Controller
  • Edit general options except guest operating system
  • VMware Tools
  • Enable log
  • Swap file location
 

VM Deployment

Deploy OVF/OVA

P01 3/14/2017
  • Basic OVF/OVA deployment
Available only for vCenter 6.5

VM Lists

Templates

P01 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

P01 3/14/2017
  • Tree to tree
  • List to tree 
  • To and from host outside the cluster
  • To and from virtual machine folder and data center
 

VM Migration

Migrate VM

P01 3/14/2017
  • Migration to another datastore or datastore cluster
  • Migration requiring a network change
 

VM Operations

Install and Upgrade VMware Guest OS Tools

P01 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

P01 3/14/2017
  • Keyboard shortcuts for power operations
Open the Guest OS action menu to see the available power operations.

VM Provisioning

Clone Template to Template

P01 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
 

VM Provisioning

Clone VM to Template

P01 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

P01 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

P01 3/14/2017
  • All workflows
 

VM Provisioning

Convert VM to Template

P01 3/14/2017
  • Conversion of multiple virtual machines
 

VM Provisioning

New VM

P01 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
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

Register VM

P01 3/14/2017
  • Register VM
  • Register VM template
 

VM Provisioning

Remove VM

P01 3/14/2017
  • Remove single VM inventory
  • Remove single VM template from inventory
  • Availability and permission checks
 

VMFS 6

 

P01 3/14/2017
  • Add VMFS 6 version in create VMFS datastore wizard
  • View space reclamation settings
  • Edit space reclamation settings
 

 

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