[Chugalug] OT: esxi 5.5 and winxp 32

William Roush william.roush at roushtech.net
Fri Oct 18 15:38:33 UTC 2013

I can't remember off the top of my head, but there is some new 5.5 
feature that is available to the free edition, but due to no web client 
being available you have to use it over one of the various CLI methods.

Not cool.

William Roush

On 10/18/2013 11:09 AM, Nick Smith wrote:

> First, why are you running windows xp? ;-)
> If microsoft is dropping it, why would anyone else still support it?
> Second, the snazzy features that you wont see in the real client you 
> wouldnt see anyway without a license.
> They will always have the hypervisor for free, vsphere/vcenter comes 
> in when you need centralized management of all your hosts. (and lots 
> of other features)
> They are headed in the web client direction and ive heard that they 
> will eventually do away with the standard client (which i personally 
> hate, the web client is slow) and there are plugins that arent ready 
> for the web client yet, update manager is one of them.
> I would assume if they ever discontinue the standard client, they 
> would roll out a web client version for the free hypervisor, you have 
> to have some way to manage your host. I dont see that as pushing 
> people to buy vsphere/vcenter.
> They people that need its features will buy it anyway, or already have it.
> They also just raised the host/vm restrictions in 5.5 for the linux 
> vcenter server appliance which runs postgres.
> (no need for more MS and SQL licenses yay!)
> http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/08/26/vsphere-5-5-nuggets-vcenter-server-appliance-limitations-lifted/
> I cant comment on vmware reps, ive never spoken to one.
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM, Matt Keys <mk6032 at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:mk6032 at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>     Just a heads up that I discovered winxp 32 bit isn't compatible
>     with the new vsphere 5.5 client. I'm pretty sure it's because of
>     http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2049143 , but that refers to the real
>     vsphere server whereas I'm connecting at the host level with the
>     client. This is the error I get :
>     http://www.mattkeys.net/winxp32_esxi55.png . The same machine
>     using 5.1 client worked just fine, there are no
>     network/firewall/av issues to note. My clients installed on Win 7
>     and 8 machines are working fine. Also note the "you won't see all
>     the new snazzy features of 5.5 with the real client" message. It
>     seems like they're pushing you to the web client, which requires a
>     vsphere server (standard/enterprise) license does it not?
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