Life’s A Beach With Remote vSphere Management on the iPad

Leaving for Bali? Vacationing in upper northwest Indiana? Just heading to Grandma’s for the weekend? Then this is the blog post for you!

As your virtual travel guide, here are the four things you need to manage your vSphere environment while on vacation (or take a vacation while managing your vSphere environment).

Before leaving the office, a few things need to be in place…

1. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest vCMA virtual appliance from VMware Labs:
a) Head to: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma.
b) Install into your infrastructure, and give the appliance an IP address.
2. You will need an iPad with 3G capabilities.
3. VPN connectivity to your private network.
a) Cisco AnyConnect Client for the iPad works great, as shown below:

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b) You can also use the native VPN ability of the iPad.
4. vSphere Client for the iPad.

Once you’ve gotten to your destination of choice, follow these steps to gain access to your vSphere environment:

1. Go to iPad Settings >>Apps >>vSphere Client.
a) Set the Web Server to the IP address of the vCMA appliance.
2. Establish VPN connectivity.
3. Launch the vSphere Client and log into VCenter, as seen on the initial login screen:

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After entering you should now see the summary screen of your VCenter environment:

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From the summary screen you can drill into your ESX servers and be able to do the following:

• View ESX Server CPU, memory, disk & network load.
• View ESX Server Hardware summary and performance:

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• Inventory of the VM’s on the server.
• From this page you can reboot your ESX Server or enter Maintenance Mode.

From the ESX server screen you can drill into the VM:

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Within this screen you will be able to do the following:

• View VM Server CPU, memory, and disk load.
• View VM and the latest VM events.
• View & restore any snapshots associated to the VM.
• You can also Start, Stop, Restart and Suspend the VM.

I’ve only tested this scenario from the beach, but I’m sure it works on the golf course too.

Photo Credit: skylerf