VMware: Setup HTML5 Client for vSphere 6.0 with vCenter on Windows

Hi,

these are there the steps to setup the new HTML5 Client within an vSphere 6 environment.

Download the latest version fling appliance h5ngcVA-3.41.0.0-9687895_OVF10.ova and server-configure.bat and deploy the appliance to your vSphere environment. Adjust IP (OVF Import) and MAC address.

Copy server-configure.bat to your Windows vCenter Server.

If you do not use the default installation pathes (in this example D:\Programs) edit server-configure.bat and adjust KEYTOOL, VECS_CLI, VMAFD_CLI and CLIENT_DIR (default of CLIENT_DIR works for me) environment variables

REM Path to javas' keytool
SET KEYTOOL=D:\Programs\VMware\vCenter Server\jre\bin\keytool.exe
REM Path to vecs binary
SET VECS_CLI=D:\Programs\VMware\vCenter Server\vmafdd\vecs-cli.exe
REM Path to vmafd binary
SET VMAFD_CLI=D:\Programs\VMware\vCenter Server\vmafdd\vmafd-cli.exe
...
echo Creating ds.properties file...
SET CLIENT_DIR=%PROGRAMDATA%\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-client

Open a cmd shell with administrator permissions and run server-configure.bat

D:\install> server-configure.bat
Generating store.jks file...
Generating webclient.properties file...
Error 2: Possible errors:
LDAP error: Protocol error
Win Error: The system cannot find the file specified.
Using the get-machine-id as get-ldu is returning an error for this vcenter.
Error 100001: An unknown option was present on the command line.
Using the default reverseproxyport=443 since no custom port found.
Creating ds.properties file...
        1 file(s) copied.
Done.

If you are on vCenter 6.0 U2 and onwards the error The system cannot find the file specified. can be ignored.

Check if the generated files has sizes > 0 bytes

D:\install>dir
 Volume in drive D is vSPhere

 Directory of D:\install\

13.09.2018  18:49    <DIR>          .
13.09.2018  18:49    <DIR>          ..
02.05.2017  12:01               143 ds.properties
13.09.2018  18:48             8.018 server-configure.bat
13.09.2018  18:49             9.746 store.jks
13.09.2018  18:49               114 uuid.vbs
13.09.2018  18:49             1.389 webclient.properties

Ensure that an IP Pool, for the network the HTML5 Client Appliance should belongs to, exists and is properly configured (DNS Servers, DNS Suffix, DNS Searchpath…) . Otherwise the start of the Appliance fails with Cannot initialize property “vami.gateway.vSphere_- Web_Client_Appliance’.Network ‘Network 1’ has no associated network protocol profile.”

Power on the Appliance. Login as root (default password demova) at vSphere console and start the ssh daemon temporary.

root@html5 ~ # systemctl start sshd

For security reasons change the root password.

root@html5 ~ # passwd

Then Login as root via ssh and create the following folders

root@html5 ~ # mkdir -p /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/config 
root@html5 ~ # mkdir -p /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/vsphere-client/

Go back to your Windows vCenter and copy the already generated files to the HTML5 Client Appliance. I use putty’s pscp command.

D:\> cd install
D:\install> pscp store.jks root@IPOfYourAppliance:/etc/vmware/vsphere-client/
D:\install> pscp ds.properties root@IPOfYourAppliance:/etc/vmware/vsphere-client/config/
D:\install> pscp webclient.properties root@IPOfYourAppliance:/etc/vmware/vsphere-client/vsphere-client/

Start the HTML5 Client daemon at the appliance

root@html5 ~ # /etc/init.d/vsphere-client start
Starting vSphere Client Web Server
vSphere Client Web Server successfully started in 156 seconds

Open a browser https://IPOfYourAppliance:9443

This redirects you to the Webclient Login Page. After logged on successfully you get redirected to the HTML5 Frontend.

Michael

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