VMware vSphere Review

Highly usable but cannot be managed from Linux.


Valuable Features:

Most usable hypervisor in the industry. It's well documented, really simple and quick to setup.

Room for Improvement:

You can not manage it from Linux.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user4854 (Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware)
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Hello lasso. I agree that the client being Windows-only being annoying since I'm a Mac user.

Have you tried the vSphere 5.1 Web Client? It uses Flash. So, it should be able tor run on multiple platforms. It can be used to manage vSphere 5.0 environments; i'm not sure about the vSphere 4.x versions, though.

author avatarit_user4524 (Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Agreed. Management of vSphere 4.X was a bit of a challenge. However, in these cases I have requested RDP access for those users so they can get into the vCenter server to monitor performance, and that usually resolves the issue.

author avatarit_user3489 (Consultant at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees)
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Hello Iasso, Your statements doesnt apply to vSphere 5.x, where VMware introduced vCenter Linux Appliance and Web Clinet. You can manage vCenter using a browser from MAC. Thank you.

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
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Latest versions overcomes this limitation too mentioned in the post. Now, ESXi can now be managed through Linux.

author avatarit_user4524 (Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Definitely! The later versions of vSphere (5.1 and now 5.5) have a preferred web interface that allows management from just about everything!

author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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vSPhere version 5.1 and other later releases enable for access from different platforms and not just Windows-based systems only,