vSphere Client on openSUSE 42.2

Posted: April 10, 2017 in linux
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I needed vSphere client on linux, but vmware only builds a Windows version. Here is my work-around:

First, install vSphere Client via wine. I personally used vSphere Client (and server) 5.1.

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.vmware-client ./winetricks msxml3 dotnet35sp1 vcrun2005 vcrun2008 vcrun2010
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.vmware-client wine VMware-viclient-all-5.1.0-2306356.exe
When you get the hcmon install failure, copy the entire contents of your wine bottle to a tmp directory, complete the installation (says it failed), then mv the contents back.
cp $HOME/.vmware-client $HOME/.vmware-client2

rm -rf $HOME/.vmware-client
mv $HOME/.vmware-client2 $HOME/.vmware-client

Now you can run the vSphere Client with:
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.vmware-client wine ~/.vmware-client/drive_c/Program Files/VMware/Infrastructure/Virtual Infrastructure Client/Launcher/VpxClient.exe

The biggest drawback is that the console doesn’t work, so install VMware Remote Console.
The remote console can connect to a vSphere server and provide the console functionality that’s broken in the client. Just provide it the host url, username, etc on the command line:

> /usr/bin/vmrc –help
Usage:
vmrc [OPTION…]

Help Options:
-h, –help Show help options

Application Options:
-v, –version Display the program version
-X, –fullscreen Start in fullscreen mode
-M, –moid=moid A managed object id indicating the VM to connect to
-U, –user=username Username used to authenticate to the remote host
-P, –password=password Password used to authenticate to the remote host
-D, –datacenter=datacenter Datacenter containing the VM to open
-H, –host=host:port Remote host containing VMs you wish to access

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