VMware ESX – Enable ‘Embedded Host Client’

KB ID 0001231 


Since ESX 6.0.0 Update 2 you’ve been able to use the Embedded Host Client in ESX. Which is great if (like me) you use a Mac because I don’t have to fire up a windows box to load the ‘Fat’ VI client anymore.

What about older version of ESX?

If you are running 5.5 (update3) or newer then you can install and use the Embedded Host Client.

Why didnt you just upgrade to 6.0.0 Update 2?

Well my second host is using the custom HP build of ESX, and I didn’t want to do a remote upgrade, to find my host then had no drivers for its network cards!



You will need to enable SSH on the host, connect via SSH and issue the following three commands;

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software vib install -n esx-ui -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

Enable Embedded Host Client

Now you can connect to and manage the client via web browser, the URL will be https://{ip-adress-or-name}/ui

HP Server Embedded Host Client


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Author: PeteLong

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