Many have asked for it, today the first iteration of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client has been delivered through the VMware Flings website. After the huge success of the ESXi Embedded Host Client (one of my fav flings) it was decided to take the same route for the HTML5 client. The amount of feedback on the ESXi Embedded Host Client fling was overwhelming and it allowed the engineers to incorporate feedback in a very agile while, respond to customers / users requirements literally within days sometimes. Of course the Web Client is a much larger undertaking, but the goal is very much similar. Having said that, it is not fully baked yet, VMware focused on the key workflows first and will expand over time.
Here are list of the most important features/workflows available:
- VM power operations (common cases)p>
- VM Edit Settings (simple CPU, Memory, Disk changes)
- VM Console
- VM and Host Summary pages
- VM Migration (only to a Host)
- Clone to Template/VM
- Create VM on a Host (limited)
- Additional monitoring views: Performance charts, Tasks, Events
- Global Views: Recent tasks, Alarms (view only)
- Feedback Tool (New feature to collect feedbacks from you)
- And more.
So if you are interested in testing the latest and willing to provide feedback, start your engines! Note that the product management and engineering team will be closely monitoring twitter, VMTN communities and the feedback loop that is build in to the client itself. Here is how and where you can leave feedback:
- Fling Comment Section: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vsphere-html5-web-client
- VMTN community: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vcenter
- On twitter through #h5client
- Or in the UI by clicking that smiley at the top right
- If you would like to receive email updates and surveys from us regarding this fling, sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/IqGJ5twYHf.
I have tried it long before it was even close to ready, and can honestly say that I very much enjoyed how quick it was… it feels to snappy and fresh, yet gets the job done without any nonsense. Great work guys…