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[Discuss] Securing a VMware ESXi server at a colo site?

> From: John Abreau [mailto:abreauj at]
> Is the vSphere Client part of the free edition of ESXi? I thought I had read
> somewhere that it was only for the commercial edition of ESXi, and that you
> had to manage the free edition through a web interface.

They're always changing stuff, but I currently use ESXi 5.1, and vSphere Client 5.1.

The client username/password dialog says "In vSphere 5.5, all new vSphere features are available only through vSphere Web Client. The traditional vSphere Client will continue to operate, supporting the same feature set as vSphere 5.0, but not exposing any of the new features in vSphere 5.5."

I've never used the web client yet - I seem to recall that all the "new features" were for-cost premium features, and I seem to remember getting roadblocked with the web client when I tried it once - and I basically concluded that the "new" way of doing things was the non-free way.

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