WebGUI on ESXi (Howto)

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Just installed installed ESXi Embedded host client on my ESXi server to get a Web GUI, instead of using the vSphare console.

See my post about my ESXi here (Written in Norwegian).



  1. Download here: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client
  2. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRb2BeWSI_4


If video doesn’t work, or you just wan’t a short step-by-step:

  1. Download the ESXi Embedded host client.
  2. Upload the file to your datastore in vSphare (Host -> Configuration -> Storage -> Right click and «Browse Datastore…» -> Upload).
  3. Log on to your ESXi with putty.

Remember to activate SSH in Host -> Configuration -> Security Profile -> Properties on the services.

<span style="color: #ff6600;"># cd /vmfs/volumes/</span>
<span style="color: #ff6600;"># cd Disk01<em> (or wherever you uploaded it)</em></span>
<span style="color: #ff6600;"># cp esxui_signed.vib /tmp</span>
<span style="color: #ff6600;"># cd /tmp/</span>
<span style="color: #ff6600;"># chmod -x esxui_signed.vib</span>
<span style="color: #ff6600;"># <strong>esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/esxui_signed.vib</strong></span>
<em>Installation Result</em>
<em> Message: Operation finished successfully.</em>
<em> Reboot Required: false</em>
<em> VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_esx-ui_0.0.2-0.1.3357452</em>
<em> VIBs Removed:</em>
<em> VIBs Skipped:

Open https://<your_esxi_ip>/ui in your web-browser.