Wednesday, October 26, 2011

VCP5 - Install/Remove, Enable/Disable vSphere Client plug-ins

The vSphere Client can be extended by anyone with a need to do so. Extensions can be simple, such as reporting, or extensive, such as automation.

Installing plug-ins
To install VMware plug-ins

  1. Open the vSphere client and connect to a vCenter server
  2. On the menu bar, go to Plug-ins | Manage Plug-ins
  3. Under Available Plug-ins, select the plug-in of choice and select Download and Install


Third-party plugins traditionally are distributed as an executable, and any specific instructions are included with the executable file. Once installed, the plug-in can be enabled or additional confiugration can take place


Removing plug-ins
To remove plug-ins, use Add/Remove programs from the control panel. Example from a Windows 7 desktop

  1. Go to Start | Control Panel
  2. Select Programs and Features
    1. This list may take a while to fully populate
  3. Select the plug-in to remove and click Uninstall

Enable/Disable plug-ins
To enable or disable plug-ins

  1. Open the vSphere client and connect to a vCenter server
  2. On the menu bar, go to Plug-ins | Manage Plug-ins
  3. Under Installed Plug-ins, right-click the plug-in of choice and select Enable or Disable

Official directions can be found at: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=/com.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc_50/GUID-E1D90120-73EB-4B00-9F89-8650EBE911F7.html

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