Connecting to the Virtual Labs Environment


The vSphere Web Client 6.0 requires Adobe Flash Player 16 or later. The latest Adobe Flash Player version for Linux systems is 11.2. Therefore, the vSphere Web Client cannot run on Linux platforms.

VMware has tested and supports the following guest operating systems and browser versions for the vSphere Web Client. For best performance, use Google Chrome.

Supported Guest Operating System and Minimum Browser Versions for the vSphere Web Client
Operating System Browser
Windows Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0.19 and later
Mozilla Firefox 34 and later
Google Chrome 39 and later
Mac OS Mozilla Firefox 34 and later
Google Chrome 39 and later

Logging into the environment:

  1. Log into the virtual labs environment at:
  2. At the time of this writing you will have to accept a self-signed certificate
  3. Click Log into vSphere Web Client

  1. When prompted enter your username as academic\username. Your password will be the same as Portal or WebAdvisor.

  1. After logging in, click VMs and Templates under the navigation bar or in the main content area.

  1. Access your virtual machines list by expanding the navigation pane on the left.

  1. To power on a virtual machine right click the name in the navigation pane, then Power and Power On.

  1. To access the console of a powered on virtual machine, right click the name of the machine in the navigation pane and select Open Console.

  1. A new tab will open and you will be able to interact with the local console.

Please note, using the HTML 5 based console shown above requires VMware Tools to be installed for proper mouse cursor functionality. For most lab environments this will be provided automatically.