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Connecting to a remote ESX / ESXi / vCenter Server from VMware Workstation

Purpose

VMware Workstation 8 allows you to create a remote connection to an ESX/ESXi/vCenter Server to manage virtual machines. When connected to a remote machine, you can:

  • Create new Datacenters on a vCenter Server
  • Check the power status of virtual machines
  • Power on and off existing virtual machines
  • Create new virtual machines
  • Modify virtual machine settings (hard disk, CD-ROM, etc)
  • Upload virtual machines to the server using the OVF tool

Resolution

To connect to a remote server:

  1. Go to File > Connect to server.
  2. Enter the server hostname or IP address and username and password. If the server runs on a non-standard port, follow the hostname / address with a colon and then the port number.

    For example192.168.1.2:2020 

  3. When prompted you can choose to store the password, to never store the password, or to decide later.

Based on VMware KB 2005822



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