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ITS vCenter v5.5

These instructions show how to login to the ITS vCenter infrastructure. vCenter is the software the manages the hypervisors on multiple host machines (actual hardware) and provides an interface to the guest virtual machines (VMs).

Client Machine Prerequisites (Windows/Mac - see note on Linux at the bottom of the page):
  • Chrome 51 (or later?) download from Google
  • Flash 11.5.0 or higher download from Adobe
  • VMware "Client Integration Plugin" (CIP): to download the CIP the link is at the bottom of the vCenter login screen. The plugin is REQUIRED to access the VM console.
    • Installation of plugin is short and does not require a reboot.
    • Users MUST use their OHIO ID and PW to access vCenter. Username format is: OHIO\my123456
(Click on any image to open a larger version).

1. Browse to: https://itsvc.ohio.edu:9443 When connecting you may receive a warning telling you that "Your connection is not private". Accept the self-signed security certificate for that server by clicking on the Advanced button in the lower left and then clicking on "Proceed to itsvc.ohio.edu (unsafe)"
 
   


2. At this point you will be at the login screen. Use your OHIO ID and password – username format is: "OHIO\my123456" (the red rectangle at the bottom of the screen shot added to highlight the download the Client Integration Plugin). Once the plugin is installed the option to download the plugin will disappear.
 
   
Plugin NOT installed
  Plugin installed

3. After login you will be at the Home screen. Click on the "VMs and Templates" icon (highlighted with a red rectangle).


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This will open the main screen, and leave you at the top of a folder tree. Clicking on the black triangles to the left of the text will open the folder. Drill down the tree to the container you need.

6. Selecting a specific VM will change the screen to give a a number of options the VM; in most cases you do not want to do that unless you know exactly what you are doing. Also, you can access other persons machines, so make very sure that the one you are working is the one you intended to point at. Depending on your settings you may be on a tab with general instructions. Make sure to select the "Summary" tab to get the information shown below.

7. If you have the "Client Integration Plugin" loaded (see prerequisites above), clicking the "Launch Console" link (see highlighted option) will open a new tab or window that connects to the machine as if sitting in front of the physical monitor of the VM. Note that you can open a console even if the plugin is missing, the console may exhibit unexpected behavior, however (such as not responding to control key sequences).

8. The "Actions" menu contains commands that are used to modify the the VM, most notably you can start, stop, restart and snapshot the VM. The options available will vary depending on the level of administrative rights you have. Options in gray are not available.

Linux as a client Note: HTML vCenter access REQUIRES Adobe Flash 11.5 or higher. Currently, this means that stock Firefox that comes with Ubuntu 14.04 (and lower) will not work (it can only handle 11.2 as of this time). I was able to get the application to load correctly in Chromium (after loading Flash...sigh), everything BUT the Remote Console will work.