This book, the vSphere Web Services SDK Developer’s Setup Guide, provides information about setting up your development environment to use the VMware® vSphere Web Services SDK.

VMware provides several different APIs and SDKs for various applications and goals. This book provides information about using the vSphere Web Services SDK for developers who are interested in creating client applications for managing VMware® vSphere components available on VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server systems.

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Revision History

This guide is revised with each release of the product or when necessary. A revised version can contain minor or major changes. The Revision History summarizes the significant changes in each version of this guide.

Table 1. Revision History
Revision Description
21 SEP 2023 vSphere 8.0 Update 2 release.
  • Minor changes for search engine optimization.
11 OCT 2022 vSphere 8.0 release.
  • .NET content removed.
05 OCT 2021
  • Update to JDK 11 in the vSphere Management SDK.
  • Update certificate procedure.
12 APR 2021 VMware has rebranded the My VMware portal as VMware Customer Connect. We have updated this document accordingly.
09 Mar 2021 vSphere 7.0 Update 2 release, with Java 11 work-around.
06 Oct 2020 vSphere 7.0 Update 1 release.
02 Apr 2020 vSphere 7.0 release: Java 1.7 no longer supported.
17 Apr 2018 Minor updates for vsphere 6.7.
05 Nov 2016 Update and restructure procedures for modifying service endpoints with vSphere 6.5.

Simplify process of building C# DLLs and samples.

12 Mar 2015 vSphere 6.0 release. Changed destination directory for C# DLLs.
20 Feb 2014 Corrected instructions for modifying reverse proxy configuration.
04 Dec 2013 Clarified location of Web Services SDK.
01 Oct 2013 Revised C# setup instructions to reflect simplified procedure in 5.5 release and use new tools. Corrected path to Java sample. Updated Java version. Fixed minor typographical errors in code.
09 Sep 2012 Removed Axis support for 5.1 release. Made more corrections and expansions to C# instructions.
17 Nov 2011 Corrected setup instructions for C# stubs.
24 Aug 2011 Updated for vSphere 5.0 (included information on using JAX-WS bindings).
13 Jul 2010 Minor updates for vSphere 4.1 (new WSDL file configuration, example syntax).
07 May 2009 Revised release of the vSphere Web Services SDK Developer’s Setup Guide for vSphere Web Services SDK 4.0. Server-certificate setup information is located in the reference section. Changed directory name for WSDLFILE environment variable.
29 Nov 2007 Initial release of vSphere Web Services SDK Developer’s Setup Guide for VMware Infrastructure SDK 2.5.

Intended Audience

This book is intended for anyone who wants to develop applications using the VMware vSphere Web Services SDK. vSphere Web Services SDK developers typically include software developers creating client applications using Java and targeting VMware vSphere.

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