On the VMware Labs website you can find a free appliance that can give you limited access to the management tools available in vSphere vCenter. The appliance is called vCMA or vCenter Mobile Access.
How to install?
- Go to the vmware.com/labs website and download vCMA as a OVF. Jump to site
- Extract the zip file that contains the OVF.
- In vCenter, go File – Deploy from OVF and point to the extracted OVF file.
- Once deployed, you can start the VM.
After the VM is started, there are 3 options to change settings
Using the menus on the console (to set network, timezone, login in to the command console)
Using the web interface https://vcma-host-or-ip:5480
Or using the command console. (use login in first screen)
- By default the root account has as password vmware (remember the console is by default in qwerty)
Special configuration settings to thing about!
- Set the IP to a fixed address
- Enter the DNS servers
- Change the default hostname and domainname. (http://communities.vmware.com/message/1335001)
- Change the root default password using the passwd, in the command console
How to use?
- It is very easy to start using this app.
- Open a browser (on you PC or mobile device)
- Point to http:// vcma-host-or-ip/vim (the folder /vim is needed and I hope VMware will change this in a next release)
- Enter the vCenter server name and the userID and password you normally use in the vcenter.
Now you can do some functions like
- Edit settings of a VM
- Change Powerstates of a VM
- Etc, install and discover.
Alternative apps you need to buy!
iDatacenter http://nym.se/idatacenter/ (iPAD)
iVMControl : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ivmcontrol-control-vmware/id404263941?mt=8 (iPAD, iPhone)