How to: Enable VMware vSphere Web Client

What is and Why you need vSphere Web Client
The VMware vSphere Web Client installs the Web Client server, which allows you to connect, via web browser, to an ESXi host through vCenter Server. With vSphere 5.5, web client is a mandatory component in the vSphere Simple Install option, unlike in vSphere 5.1 where it was not part of Simple Install and was optional.
VMware vSphere 5.1
vCenter Single Sign On (either install as a standalone or opt for VMware vCenter Simple Install from the VMware vCenter Installer GUI. Ensure vCenter Single Sign On is installed in the environment and keep the admin@system-domain password handy. It is mandatory to enter the SSO password during web client setup.
Install VMware Web Client
Right-click autorun.exe in the VMware vCenter Installer directory
Click VMware vSphere Web Client and follow the wizards to complete installation.
For POC, you may install web client in vCenter server machine.
Login to vCenter using vSphere Client. Highlight vCenter, go to Permissions tab. Right-click > Add permissions > click Add
Select SYSTEM-DOMAIN from drop-down. Select & double-click admin. Click OK
SYSTEM-DOMAIN\admin added to vCenter with Administrator ROLE privilege
Note: Alternate way is to use windows domain credentials to authenticate to web client, which requires you to download/install the vCenter Integration plugin to login using windows domain credentials. Download is available on the web client logon page.
To connect to Web Client, go to:
https://<SSO/vCenter Server FQDN or IP>:9443/vsphere-client/
Login using one of the ways:
Windows domain credentials
In Web Client, the left hand panel shows the vCenter Inventory tree. Navigate through the objects for the administrative  tasks.
Going forward and with vSphere 5.5 is out, vSphere Web Client is the way to go! Be it Virtual SAN (VSAN), Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA), Virtual Direct Graphics Acceleration (vDGA), StorageDRS/Datastore Cluster related administrative tasks, this comes handy and a MUST for admins!
***On a side note***
Scenario when Web Client either not installed or when it is not accessed from web browser after it has been installed
When you open vCenter server address in a web browser, click on Log in to vSphere Web Client, you get the following error message: (screenshots below for reference)
In order for this direct link to work, you must first log in to the vSphere Web Client at least once from https://{webclient-host}:{webclient-https-port}.

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Predominantly based around Virtualization, but will include other technology related information and anything else I find interesting and feel the need to share with you. I also use this Blog as both a place to store useful information that I think that will come in handy to me at some point in the future, and also a place to help aid my learning. I find a great way to learn about something is to research about it and then write it up in my own words. I'm Pushpal Ray, from India. As a certified VCP3/4/5 professional, I am currently working as an Independent Consultant. Over 10 years of IT-industry experience, currently focused around the Desktop Virtualization(End-User Computing). I also have extensive experience in Windows Administration, Datacenter Migration, Workload profiling & benchmarking. At my leisure, I enjoy hiking, running, photography, spend hours in my fav coffee shop & spend quality time with my wife. Occasionally, catch up with few friends for a drink!
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