Get vSphere Client for ipad Working with vCMA


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The VMware vSphere Client for ipad is out but simply installing it on your ipad is not enough. See this deck I put together on how to install and configure the vCMA which is required to enable the client.

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Get vSphere Client for ipad Working with vCMA

  1. 1. vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA)by Brian Drew<br />So the new VMware vSphere Client for ipad is out. Cool. Now what? Just install it and go right! Wrong. <br />As promised, in this deck I cover how to install the components required to get things working so you can actually use the vSphere Client for ipad to connect to your vSphere environment and do things. <br />
  2. 2. The new VMware vSphere Client for ipad is out and it’s free. Once installed though it doesn’t do anything. What the heck? <br />So you have the client piece and you have your vSphere environment. Why doesn’t it just work. Well, you need the middle piece – the vCMA. <br />Tracking down the resources and putting it all together is a bit time consuming. May this deck server as a short-cut. <br />Overview<br />
  3. 3. Components<br />There are 2 components required to enable the vSphere Client for ipad.<br />1. ipad with the vSphere client installed and configured. Yes there is a configuration to it. <br />2. The vCMA appliance – installed and configured. <br />
  4. 4. vCMA Install and config<br />Download the vCMA from (correct, it is not a supported product at this time)<br />It’s OVF format so in vCenter you’ll want to “Deploy OVF template” under File. Once done your vCMA VM is in the inventory powered off.<br />Power it on and you ultimately get the following screen.<br />4. Select “Configure Network” and put in all your info about your IP addressing. <br />5. ** The default user name and password are root and vmware** for both the Linux shell and web admin.<br />
  5. 5. 6. Going to the url and logging in with root/vmware gives you the following screen. <br />vCMA install and configcontd<br />This is the web admin portal. There isn’t much to do at all unless you need to change your IP addressing or reboot it. <br />At this point your vCMA is online. Let’s give it a test. <br />
  6. 6. From the machine you are using, use almost the same url to test the vCMA:<br />So the only difference is that you aren’t using the admin port # but rather the /vim. <br />You should see the following screen.<br />After you logon you will see the following options. If you did not get this far troubleshoot before attempting ipad client as until this piece works, nothing else will. <br />Testing vCMA<br />
  7. 7. Now that the vCMA is operational and tested, we’re ready to config the vSphere Client for ipad. <br />1. Under your ipad “Settings” you’ll see an option for vSphere Client on the left side. When you select it you see this single option on the right:<br />Ipadvsphere client config<br />Enter the IP of your vCMA server. Just the IP – no http/https, nothing, just the IP<br />
  8. 8. Now launch the vSphere Client for iPad to get the logon screen. <br />Vsphere client configcont<br />Here enter the IP of your vCenter server – just the IP, then the creds as shown. When you click “Sign in” you’ll most likely get this error:<br />This is due to the self-signed cert. No biggie, just “Allow” to move on. <br />
  9. 9. And that’s it, now you are logged in and can see/manage your vSphere. The initial screen shows your hosts.<br />The vcma<br />Now just click on a host to drill into it and have fun!<br />The End. <br />