What’s new in vSphere 5.1?

Here are the links to all the excellent papers from VMWare –

The vmClient 4.1

The newly released vmClient 4.1 is vSphere 4.1 compatible. The vmClient is a lightweight tool which enables you to control the power of your virtual machines, it’s also capable of presenting the MKS console of your virtual machines. Before you can use the vmClient, you have to install the vSphere client on the same system. After starting the vmClient, you can logon to your vCenter server or individual ESX4.1 or ESX4.1i host. A list with available virtual machines will be presented after choosing the Virtual Machines menu item, you can also easily identify the power state of the virtual machines. Grey is powered off, green is powered on, yellow is suspended and red indicates that the virtual machine has an alarm. When you’re working in an RDP session there’s a menu item which can generate a Ctrl-Alt-Del in the guest OS instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Ins. The vmClient can run without borders in borderless mode. The menu bar has an option to search for virtual machines, just type in the first characters of your virtual machine name and the list will be filtered.

The number of virtual machines can be too high to fit in the “Virtual Machine” menu item and an extra option to disable this menu and use the search menu instead. The option to customize the user interface of the vmClient can be done by changing a few menu settings. You’re able to show or hide menu items using the quick start configuration icon.

How to convert the vmClient into a VDI client

A general walkthrough

The vmClient 4.0 can be downloaded from this location: http://vmclient.nl/