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VMware Remote Console (VMRC) and Web Console

With the vSphere Client, you can access a virtual machine's console by displaying it in a separate Web browser, or from the VMware Remote Console (VMRC).

Launching the Web Console

You can access a virtual machine's desktop from the vSphere Client by launching the web console. From the web console, you can perform various tasks in the virtual machine.

The steps involved in the launching of the Web Console are listed below:

        1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to a virtual machine in the inventory.

Virtual machine located in the vSphere inventory

        2.  In the Summary tab, power on the virtual machine by either clicking on the green play button, located along the upper border of the Virtual Machine tab, or by clicking on Actions and going to Power>Power On.

Virtual Machine power on button

Virtual Machine power on through actions menu

        3. In the Summary tab, select Launch Web Console.

Launch virtual machine using web console action

        4. Click anywhere inside the console window to start using your mouse, keyboard, and other input devices in the console.

Launching the VMware Remote Console (VMRC)

The VMRC opens as a standalone application for the selected virtual machine. You can also launch more than one console to access several remote virtual machines at the same time. You can use the standalone VMRC to connect to client devices. With VMRC, you can access the mouse and keyboard connected to remote virtual machines.

The steps involved in the launching of the VMware Remote Console Application (VMRC) are listed below:

        1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to a virtual machine in the inventory.

Virtual machine located in the vSphere inventory

        2. Click the Summary tab, and click the Launch Remote Console link.

Summary tab of Virtual Machine in vSphere 6.7


        3. A dialog box opens that requires you to confirm that you want to open the remote console. Click Open VMware Remote Console to confirm.

Open VMware Remote Console Pop-up

Default Virtual Machine Console

You can select your preferred Virtual Machine console when clicking on the console icon on the top of the Virtual Machine page.

The steps involved in the setting the default virtual machine console are listed below:

        1. Click on your Account and select My Preferences, located in the upper-right hand corner.

My Preferences menu located under Account

        2. Navigate to the Default Console tab.

Default Console tab under My Preferences

        3. Select your preferred virtual machine console.

Other Resources

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