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Note: The functionality of this Fling has been integrated into the product vSphere Mobile Watchlist in app stores.

VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) will no longer be updated.

System Requirements

In order for you to access vCMA, you will need to deploy a virtual appliance; call it the vCMA server.  The vCMA server must be connected to VMware vCenter or any of the ESX servers that you want to manage.  Once the server component is set up, you can manage your datacenter from the convenience of your mobile phone.


Procedure Packaging
The vCenter Mobile Access server is packaged as a virtual appliance. The username/password on the appliance is root/vmware but console access should not be required. The root password should be changed after install.
Download the distribution zip file from vmware.com (the file is approximately 350 megabytes). The zip file contains the appliance OVF file and other system files.
Follow these steps to install the Mobile Access appliance:

  1. Extract the zip file to a temporary directory, for example c:\temp. The files contained in the zip file include :
    • vCenterMobileAccess-1.x.y.z.ovf
    • system.vmdk
  2. Launch the VI Client and log into your ESX box or vCenter instance.
  3. In the inventory view, select the menu File-> Virtual Appliance -> Import
  4. Select the option “Import from file” and browse to the OVF file, for example: c:\temp\vCenterMobileAccess-ovf\vCenterMobileAccess- and follow the wizard next steps.
  5. In the “End User License Agreement” page, read the license agreement completely, click on the “Accept all license agreements”, and continue the steps.
  6. In the “Name and Location” page, provide the name for your virtual machine.
  7. Once the wizard completes, a virtual machine will be created. Select the virtual machine and power it on.
  8. Once it powers on, you can access the web application from your mobile device browser using the URL http:///vim.
    Once connected, you will see the login screen where you can provide the vCenter or ESX IP address or name as well as username and password.


Change Log

Updates in Version

  • Enhanced security model by making https the default connection

Updates in Version

  • vMotion support for the vSphere iPad Client v1.2
  • Incremental task progress
  • Support for ESX 3.5


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333 thoughts on “vCMA

  1. jim

    Can anyone link me to where I can download VCMA ovf or zip. I know its no longer supported, but watchlist is a) broken on iOS 9 and b) optimised for a phone screen not iPad so need to revert back to VCMA until they fix (if they ever will) watch list.

  2. Miguel Courcoul

    I have indeed discovered VMWare Watchlist and was perfectly happy with it. Then iOS 9 came out. The current version of Watchlist does not conform to the way fonts need to be handled and is broken in several screens. Plus it hangs when attempting to display host info. Plus its community is essentially dead, with no signs of life save for a few of us desperate users, developers totally MIA.

    It appears that the latest Android breaks Watchlist as well. So it seems to be circling the drain.

  3. Miguel Courcoul

    Got it sort of working on ESX 5.5.0. The install and initial setup went fine, the update via YUM also went fine. When attempting to update VMWare Tools, found the appliance did not have Perl installed. After that was in, the latest version of the tools I have on my vCenter (VMwareTools-9.4.11-2400950), would not run cause the outdated installation on the appliance did not include the uninstaller. If I did a YUM UNINSTALL, that would nuke the VAMI webserver infrastructure and the appliance would not boot up again. So for now I will have to run it without updating the Tools for now. Anybody got around these issues?

  4. Joe

    Still working flawless under esxi 6 with a free license.
    -download the ovf image and run it
    -update cent os (su -c “yum update”)
    -Uninstall old vmware tools (yum remove vmware-tools)
    -shut down the machine
    -Add a cdrom drive (Insert the linux.iso in the vmimages folder)
    -Start the vm
    -install the new vmware tools (mount drive, untar to /tmp, run vmware-tools-install.pl)
    – download vsphere client to your ipad
    – At the first promt enter the IP of the virtual machine running vCMA (check ignore certificate)
    -Enter your esxi host ip address and login/pw
    -You are done – Now you can manage your free esxi server from your ipad!

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  6. Edward L. Haletky

    Will this be updated with the shell-shocked patches or do we need to patch ourselves?

    Thank you

  7. Frederick W. Roller

    vmProcessStrobeWeb was just updated, has similar functionality to vCMA and is now easily installed on Windows, OS X and Linux. Visit http://fwroller.com/vmprocessstrobeweb/ to learn more and http://fwroller.com/downloads/ to download it and our other apps for VMware.

    If vCMA were better maintained, we would not have bothered to develop vmProcessStrobeWeb. Granted, it’s not a drop in replacement but some of the features are very much alike and you can be assured of consistent updates to keep up with vCenter and ESXi.

    Please let us know what you would like added to vmProcessStrobeWeb so that it better meets your needs. We monitor http://fwroller.com/support/ for suggestions and support so don’t hesitate to make requests and alert us to any issues.

  8. Nate Hudson

    We’ve been using this tool for quite some time, but recently with the shellshock vulnerabilities, we’ve been asked to determine if this virtual appliance is vulnerable to the shellshock issue. Is there, will there be any updates to the appliance? Is there another way to update this system to ensure it is still secure? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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  10. Teddy Xiong

    when i login the vCMA web page. Enter the username and password. then display error info below:
    Uncaught Exception:
    com.google.gwt.core.client.JavaScriptException: JavaScript TypeError exception: $doc.getBoxObjectFor is not a function

    pls help to fix this problem. thanks.

    1. Jase

      Switch to an older browser. For me I had this error on lastest IE and Firefox but it worked with IE7.

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  12. Adam

    Just FYI. VMware has the vSphere Mobile Watchlist App now for mobile devices that will let you monitor your environment. Also, with the web client, management can be done from iPad and other tablet devices.

    1. Samsonite801

      I tried the vSphere Mobile Watchlist App and it basically is useless for the free hypervisor guys for anything other than monitoring. You cannot power on or off VMs or do anything useful without a vCenter server up and running. Unless anyone else might know what I am doing wrong..

      1. Samsonite801

        Well, after more reading it looks like this tool vCMA is going to react in the same way since the free hypervisor locks down the management API to read-only so either management tool is not going to allow any actions like rebooting host, or power-cycling VM’s etc…

  13. Anthony Maw

    well after struggling with it for 2 hours I finally got it to work with my vCenter 5.1 deployment test environment.

    definitely “unsupported” in every sense of the word. lots of head scratching and WTF?

    would not use this in a production environment – incomplete development work, not patched (especially security patches) and generally unreliable.

    but fun to play with and a great way to waste a rainy Saturday night.

  14. Frederick W. Roller

    If you are looking for similar/complementary functionality in a well maintained product, check out vmProcessStrobeWeb 2014 Release 1. The latest version was just released today.

    vmProcessStrobeWeb enables VMware power users and administrators to remotely view, stop and run processes in virtual machines with an easy to use GUI (Graphical User Interface) that runs in a web browser on smartphones and tablets. In addition to the list of running processes, a strobe of the selected virtual machine’s GUI, or Command Line Interface for Linux servers, is also presented for easy visual monitoring of virtual machine activity.

    Visit fwRoller dot com to download the free version of vmProcessStrobeWeb. There is also a licensed version with even more features.

  15. Berwick

    Love the idea of this and have it up and running. Just been hoping for more features… is this still being developed?

    Also, I have monitoring set up for all my VMs and this appliance’s storage has now crossed a threshold (less than 10% free). I can turn the alarm off, but was wondering if anyone knows how to expand the disk?

  16. Tree Dude

    Over 2 years and not a single update? No way I am going to use this with a production environment. Is this project dead? Mobile browser awareness built into the standard vCenter web client would make more sense than a whole extra VM.

  17. Rickie

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few
    minutes and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I
    hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  18. Ron M

    Using 5.1U1 and when I use the iPad vSphere Client to reboot a guest, it terminates the app, but kicks off the reboot. Anyone else seeing this?

  19. Fulvio Malfatto

    I use vCMA to connect to my esxi 5.1 from ipad. All is working good, but after each connection, my vCMA virtual maching goes on asking forever the same resolution to my dns server, until I reboot the vCMA vm, also if no connection is active.

    The dns query is:

    27-Oct-2013 18:17:13.536 client vcma-ipadd#32768 (ns2312110.ovh.net): query: ns2312110.ovh.net IN A +

    This forever repeating query is filling my dns querylog of useless logs

  20. Scott Hardie

    This VM is running CentOS 5.2 and has of 6/21/2013, 228 known vulnerabilities associated with it in which many are readily available as part of toolkits. You might want to think twice before putting it live in your organization…..

  21. Patrick

    Does this need to be installed on a separate server than my vSphere server?
    Or is everyone pretty much installing on the same one?

  22. Andy H


    I’m running Spiceworks as a Management Tool, but it can’t scan the vCMA server. Spiceworks keeps erroring with “No open ports for this device were found to be responding. This typically means that there is a firewall or permission issue preventing remote access.”

    Can you provide any details on how i can allow the vCMA server to be scanned?


  23. Huyen Duong

    I always get this error when trying to login intially:

    “Uncaught Exception:
    com.google.gwt.core.client.JavaScriptException: JavaScript TypeError exception: $doc.getBoxObjectFor is not a function”

    I tried different browser and hit the same issue

    Can u advice

    Million thanks

    1. Kiran Agrahara

      There is no additional configuration to be made except changing the LAN settings from DHCP to Static which can be done via commandline usiing root/vmware as the user/password
      All you have to do is bring up the app on your iPAD or any mobile device and update the IP address of the vCMA Server and then log using the vcenter IP address. It will bring up the hosts and other info. It is pretty cool.
      If you don’t have vcenter, it should automatically show the ESX hosts,

  24. Ted Newman

    Hello, there.
    What is the admin os login & password?
    I tried logging into the OS many times root and vmware that did not work.

    The WUI:
    the root/vmware combo did not either. It has a google.gwt java script error $doc.getBoxObjectFor is not a function.

    I deleted the instance and downloaded the ovf format. That did not work either. Please advise. Thanks.

  25. Frederick W. Roller

    vmProcessStrobeWeb enables VMware power users and administrators to remotely view, stop and run processes in virtual machines with an easy to use GUI (Graphical User Interface) that runs in a web browser on smartphones and tablets. In addition to the list of running processes, a strobe of the selected virtual machine’s GUI, or Command Line Interface for Linux servers, is also presented for easy visual monitoring of virtual machine activity.

    Visit fwRoller dot com to download the free version of vmProcessStrobeWeb. There is also a licensed version with even more features. Both will compliment the functionality in vCMA and can run alongside it or independently on Linux, Windows and OS X hosts.

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  31. Edward

    This won’t start up completely. It doesn’t get past “Initializing sfcb:” on the console.
    I’m using ESXi 4. Anyone have an idea how to get this thing to start up?

    1. Chris H

      hi, having the same issue – t doesn’t get past “Initializing sfcb:” on the console.
      does anyone have an idea ?
      thanks, chris

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  33. Rene Charbonneau

    Please update the iPad Client (add retina support) and make it possible to use this appliance with vSphere 5.1.

    I would like to upgrade to vSphere 5.1 asap but I won’t loose this feature.

    I’am willing to pay money for this feature or doing some tests with a (beta) appliance! ;)

    So PLEEAASSSEEE do at leasting “something”. :)

    Kind Regards

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  35. Amy Uhlig

    Tools are out of date and will not update. I need to know which version to download and copy over to vcma to get it working again. Going through Guest -> install /upgrade vmware tools is not working.

    Also I’ve changed the name in /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts and when it reboots it defaults back to ncs. I already have a server named this from Cisco and need this to say vcma instead. What other files do I have to update to get this to stick?

    1. Amy Uhlig

      Error 1 – Mounting local filesystems: Error: cannot mount filesystem: Protocol error [FAILED]

      Error 2 – Host name has been set to vcma.[domain name excluded but it is correct] [FAILED]

      Error 3 – Mounting other filesystems: VMware hgfs: HGFS is disabled in the host Error: cannot mount filesystem: Protocol error [FAILED]

      The system still works with these errors but I would prefer that it did not have them. For some reason now when it reboots the vcma sticks – but why is it complaining on boot?

  36. nate hudson

    Now that vSphere 5.1 is out, any plans to update this appliance to support the new vSphere platform? I’ve been using this on my vSphere 4.1 environment and I am getting ready to upgrade to vSphere 5.1. I would be willing to test out the new appliance if you plan on developing one.

    1. Brian Partridge

      Hi Nate,
      There’s currently a bug with using the vCMA with 5.1, and you can help us isolate it. If you have a moment:
      – Open your browser and go this URL:
      And replace “” with the IP or network address of your vCenter server.
      – Enter your credentials to login.
      – You should see a grid of data.
      – Looking at the row with “apiVersion” in the “NAME” column, what is the content of the “VALUE” column?

      If you could post the result back here, that would be great. Thanks


      1. Jason Root

        Mine does the same and I don’t have vcenter. Just a direct connection to an esx server.

        ApiVersion is “5.1”

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  38. Juergen

    i am using VM ESXi 5.1 at home as a test environment. i installed vCMA appliance. tried to access via ipad vsphere client. it works it connects without a problem. i can see my virtual machines and see the stats. but when i try to start a virtual machine or change anything. i get the message that i can not execute this action due to license restrictions.
    should it work with free version of ESXi ??

    1. Zak

      I am having the same issue. Can anyone confirm if the ability to start/stop/otherwise manage VMs is available through vCMA and the iPad client to folks running on the free version of ESXi 5.1?

  39. paul parkin

    Working well,
    Thanks for the fling, will use it in all my demos from now on … Setting hostname was a minor challenge and time-zone simple enough to solve. Be nice if we modded the setup script to check for FWD and reverse DNS entried for the vCMA.

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  41. Lisa Toms

    We just upgraded our ESXi hosts and want to upgrade the vmware tools on this appliance. How do we go about doing this. We are on 4.1.0, 502767 soon to be 5.0. Currently it shows as vmware tools as being unsupported?

  42. Stephen

    any word on fixing the pci scanning problem?

    TCP 443 https 6.4
    Description: SSL Self-Signed Certificate Synoposis: The SSL certificate chain for this service ends in an unrecognized self- signed [More]
    TCP 443 https 6.4
    Description: SSL Certificate Cannot Be Trusted Synoposis: The SSL certificate for this service cannot be trusted. [More]
    TCP 443 https 5.0
    Description: SSL Certificate with Wrong Hostname Synoposis: The SSL certificate for this service is for a different host. [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.4
    Title: Vulnerable version of Apache Tomcat: 6.0.28 Impact: A remote attacker could view directory listings, view source code of [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.3
    Description: SSL Weak Cipher Suites Supported Synoposis: The remote service supports the use of weak SSL ciphers. [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.3
    Description: SSL Medium Strength Cipher Suites Supported Synoposis: The remote service supports the use of medium strength SSL ciphers. [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.3
    Description: SSL/TLS Protocol Initialization Vector Implementation Information Disclosure Vulnerability Synoposis: It may be possible to obtain [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.0
    Description: SSL Server Accepts Weak Diffie-Hellman Keys Synoposis: The remote SSL/TLS server accepts a weak Diffie-Hellman public value. [More]
    TCP 443 https 4.0
    Title: SSL server accepts weak ciphers Impact: A remote attacker with the ability to sniff network traffic could decrypt an encrypted [More]

  43. vSphere user

    Add Retina, ability to snapshot a VM, true iPhone app, allow user to see list of VM’s (not require them to search). Someday add Avamar VDP integration (2013-2014) so we can make quick backups or restore a VM.

  44. Paul Digby

    Should vCMA work with ESXi v4.1? I havevCMA installed and it communicates and logs into my ESXi v4.1 server. However, none of the commands work (start VM etc). This is the FREE version, does that make a difference?

  45. Adam


    This look really cool and I’d love to get it up and going.

    I downloaded the OVF and deployed it using the vSphere client (5) to an ESXi 5.0.0 (76811) host (part of a Essential Plus Bundle, running on a Dell R710 and EqualLogic SAN).

    I can’t get it to boot though – in the console I can see the boot precess stops with a ‘Kernel Panic – not syncing: Fatal exception’ message and CPU usage goes up to 100% and stays there. I tried upgrading the Virtual Hardware to version 8 but the same thing happens – I can see a couple of ‘Failed’ messages before the final message – “Mounting local filesystems : Error: cannot mount filesystem: Protocol error” and “Host name has been set to localhost.localdom” – have checked the network settings are mapped to a network ok.

    Any ideas please?

    1. Derek

      I have this running on the free vSphere Hypervisor (5.0.0 Build 768111) and it works great. I am still new to VMware, but I was able to download the ZIP, extract it, then Deploy from OVF template and left all of the settings at their defaults. It wasn’t until after I installed the utility and logged in from the iPad that I realized remote console was not one of the features, and this is the main reason I installed it :/

  46. Brad

    After downloading and installing the virtual appliance, I power it on. During the boot process I see a series of “failed” messages scroll by. after 10 attempts to connect to the network it fails again. I get to the blue screen for the virtaul appliance and get the following messsage, “NO NETWORK DETECTED. Please configure your network to use the web management interface.” Any help or direction here?



    1. Brian Partridge

      Could you check the VM configuration in vSphere and confirm that when you deployed the OVF that it’s network adapter is configured to use one of your VMs.

      1. Brad

        Brian, when you say check the VM configuration, are you referring to the configuration of the vCenter Mobile Access VM or a genetal configuration in vCenter itself?

        1. Brian Partridge

          I mean the configuration of the VCMA VM, by right clicking on the VM and choosing ‘Edit Settings’. This way you can see all the available virtual devices, including the NIC and the networks it is connected to.

          1. Brad

            I have done that and see most everything is consistant with other VM’s. The one see i see different from the others is the Network Adapter setting. For the adapter type on another VM the current adapter type is listed as E1000, for the vCMA, the type is listed as “Flexible” and see no way to change it.

  47. Matthew Brokamp

    I just installed the vCMA but the username/password (root/vmware) on the appliance is not working. Anyone have any suggestions?


    1. Brian Partridge

      Strange, it’s working fine for me using SSH.
      If you are attempting to login via the browser or iPad you’ll need to use the credentials for the VC that you are trying to connect to though.

    2. MALICET

      Hi, be care that the default keyboard at this time is us-configurated…

      I had the same problem, it was because I use french configuration keyboard. In my case, the keys to use are v,zqre..

    1. Brian Partridge

      dbal640, I’m confused are you trying to connect to the vCMA from Safari on the iPad or from the vSphere iPad app? Are you able to connect to the vCMA from your desktop browser?

  48. Yves Holenstein

    This is a great Tool! It would be even greater though, if there was access to the console of the VMs. PLEASE add this to the next release….

    Thanks in advance

  49. imokros

    Great tool, guys! Thanks for putting it together. I am trying to run it behind a reverse proxy (pound). The proxy does all the ssl processing, and talks to the back ends over straight http. Is there a way to run vcma without ssl?

  50. Jeff Breault

    Installed the current VCMA appliance VIA ovf. After upgrading from VI 3 to vSphere 5, when I launch the ipad app, I dont see any hosts/vm’s in the main home screen. (when I had this running under VI3, I could see hosts in the home screen. If I search for a host in the ‘Search box’ it finds them and I can display status, etc. Still nothing in the home screen? accessing vcma from my PC I can see the hosts listed under the hosts/clusters.

    iPad 2, iOS 5.1, vSphere client app is up to date.

    Thanks in advanced!

      1. Brian Partridge

        I haven’t seen this before. Tell me, can you log into the vCMA in your browser and is everything fine there?

        Anonymous Coward, did you also upgrade from VI 3 prior to this problem?

        1. Alan G

          I’m also encountering this phenomenon.

          With the updated iPad app, I connected to a single-cluster vCenter 5 environment with via last year’s OVF version of VCMA (downloaded around October, I believe).

          With the same app, I connect to a to a multi-datacenter, multi-cluster vCenter 4 environment and it authenticates and shows 0 hosts, 0 guests.

          It does, however, allows search retrieval of individual hosts and guests. When I access hosts or guests from the search results, I can only interact with them in simple ways (no vMotion, etc.) – as if there was no awareness of the cluster/HA context “tree” (Datacenters->Clusters->Hosts->Guests) I would see them in the full client.

  51. Zachary McCarty

    What’s the best way to update from an older version of vCMA? A redownload and install of the newer ovf file, or is there a way to run an update from with the virtual appliance? I appreciate any thoughts/experience in the matter. We currently are running version Build 371930. Thanks!

    1. Brian Partridge

      The best way is to just deploy the new OVF. The VM is updated infrequently so hopefully this won’t be too much of a burden.

      An alternative would be for you to SSH into the VCMA VM and deploy a new WAR file into Tomcat, but we don’t currently distribute the WAR separately.

  52. Andy

    Hey All.

    Downloaded and got this working great on my new iPad!! Thanks VMWare!!

    Now its all working though i want to change a couple of things…..
    1 the name its cuttently the defaul…. localapp.localdmn or somthing similar how can i change this?
    2 the password, its set to the defaults at the moment and i want to change it.

    The web interface doesnt seem to give the option to be able to change either of these?

    Many thanks!

    1. Laurent

      1. logon to the console
      vi /etc/hostname
      and change the name

      2. in the console, type passwd and follow the instructions


  53. Kon Georgopoulos

    Running it on iPad 1, client 1.2.0 with vSphere 5.0.0 in lab.
    Everything okay, excepty my lab has a 100Mbps switch, so in vCenter I’d get a warning message about recommended 1000Mbps for vMotion, then I can click through.
    The vCMA however doesn’t seem to allow vMotion due to this.
    Likely you need top incorporate an understanding of these debugs.

  54. Ryon Brubaker

    Works fine on The new iPad, aka “hotPad”.

    1. Add ability to see all VM’s in 1 view
    2. Allow us to create snapshots
    3. Provide an RDP quick connect button to each VM would also be nice (or allow it to call another RDP App, if possible, like 2X Client or PocketCloud)

    Good start!


  55. Matt

    Great little utility, but I ran into an installation problem: I started the vCMA VM and viewed the console, which said, “To manage your appliance please browse to https://[IP address]:5480″ Browsing there took me to a login page that just asked for a username/password, no server address, and my ESXi host’s login details were rejected there. I discovered after reading some comments elsewhere that to view the vCMA interface you actually need to browse to https://[IP address] – no extra port specification required. This takes you to a different login screen, one with a “Server” field, where I could successfully log in.

    It would be helpful if you could update the instructions on this page to reflect this, as well as the directions shown in the console when the vCMA VM starts up. Otherwise, a lot of other users are going to run into this problem.


    1. TJ Maciak

      Thank you for pointing this out. I had the same problem that I was just getting the login for the appliance with some basic statistics because I was going to port 5480. I am now able to view the vCMA without using the port 5480 on the adddress in the web browser that the vCMA virtual appliance was showing me on the console.

      Seems to work on regular OSX with Chrome (but not Firefox – some js error). YAY! This means I might be able to control my esxi 5 hypervisor from my mac now!! Double YAY!

  56. Kalin Nikolov


    The appliance work very well. But I discovere some problem.
    In my “Recent Tasks” in vSphere Client stay this error:

    Cancel discovering virtual appliance
    In Progress
    11.2.2012 г. 23:29:15 ч.
    11.2.2012 г. 23:29:15 ч.

    I remove the VM with name vCMAServer and registered again, without success. Reinstall it the same.
    This tasks stay from more than 3 days and didn’t disapear from vSphere Client.
    Please let me know what can I do.

    Thank you.

      1. Brian Partridge

        It looks like a problem with a task in vCenter, not vCMA specific. My first suggestion is to restart the vC host or the vC service, which will clean up the list of running tasks. However, that may not be appropriate for a production environment. You should definitely contact vC support and see what they have to say.

  57. ahmed elsayed

    can i publish the server for use with ipad through ISA2006 Or TMG
    Becuse The Servers Inside The Lan I can’t Access Direct With Ipad Connection I must Connect To Isa To Connect To The Company

    1. Brian Partridge

      You’ll need to talk to your network administrator, but generally we find that most people access the vCMA from the iPad after connecting to their VPN. The iPad supports VPN connections so you’ll just have to get that working for your own environment first. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

  58. Steve Hanlon

    upgraded today to for the vMotion capabilities only to be really disappointed. i’m glad i tested it with a powered off EOL guest that i’m planning on removing. not being able to select the migration method for the guest and datastore is a huge oversight, esp. if you don’t know it’s going to move the datastore!

    please add the three migration options to this very useful appliance.

  59. Jim Jones

    I don’t have DHCP on the VLAN where this was deployed, set static IP info. I can access the Virtual Appliance Manager page but when I add the /vim I am getting a 404. There is also no appliance name or version in the VAMI. Is there a service that maybe isn’t starting?

  60. Russ

    Any instructions on how to replace the certificate? I would like to use a certificate from our internal certificate authority.

  61. Stephen

    version fails PCI scanning.

    TCP 443 https 4 Synopsis : The remote service supports the use of weak SSL ciphers. Description : The remote host supports the use of SSL ciphers that offer either weak encryption or no encryption at all. Note: This is considerably easier to exploit if the attacker is on the same physical network. See also : http://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/ciphers .html Solution: Reconfigure the affected application if possible to avoid use of weak ciphers. Risk Factor: Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3 (CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N) Other references : CWE:327, CWE:326, CWE:753, CWE:803, CWE:720
    TCP 443 https 4 Synopsis : The remote service supports the use of medium strength SSL ciphers. Description : The remote host supports the use of SSL ciphers that offer medium strength encryption, which we currently [More]
    TCP 443 https 4 Description: SSL server accepts weak ciphers Severity: Potential Problem Impact: A remote attacker with the ability to sniff network traffic could decrypt an encrypted session. Background: Secure [More]
    TCP 443 https 4 Description: Vulnerable version of Apache Tomcat: 6.0.28 Severity: Area of Concern CVE: CVE-2010-3718 CVE-2010-4172 CVE-2011-2204 CVE-2011-2526 Impact: A remote attacker could view directory listings, [More]
    TCP 443 4 Description: scan may have been dynamically blocked by an IPS Severity: Potential Problem Impact: The scan results may be inconclusive. Background: An Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is a [More]

    1. Brian Partridge

      Thanks for this info, Stephen. We’ll review it with our security team and any fixes will make their way into the next version.

  62. Rushi

    Hi THere,

    Its really cool app, i did installed on IPAD2 and i was able to manage everyhting (start, stop, pause) but i cannot goto console of OS. Is there a place to see the console or the next version would take care of this feature.


  63. Justin

    With your future release would it be possible to manage more than one vCenter Server and more than one vCMA Appliance?
    to allow Admins to manage more than one vCenter without any reconfigurations of the vCMA server.



  64. Justin

    With your future release, would it be possible to manage more than one vCenter Server and more than one vCMA Appliance?

    To allow Admins to manage more than one vCenter without any reconfigurations of the vCMA Server.

    Your response would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Justin

  65. Bojan


    first of all, thank you for this great App. I really enjoy to use it on regular basis.
    I have just encountered a “small” issue. When I’m doing a vMotion to an other ESXi Host, the App is not staying in the same datastore. It just randomly used an another one. I assume this is a Bug, because it should at least keep the same Datastore…

    (I’m running the newest Versions of ESXi 5, vCenter Server 5, iPad App, and iOS 5)


    1. Stefan S.

      Ok… Odd… Tried downloading the file in IE and it opened without an error. Must be an issue with downloading it using Chrome.



    I followed the steps and i got everything running on ESXI and ipad, problem is when I try to power on a machine, I get error “fault.RestrictedVersion.summary”. Im running 4.1 version of ESXI and 5.0.1 on Ipad2. Any help will do, thanks

    1. TSUNAMI

      Does anybody else have had this issue on ipad? if i connect to Vsphere cliente from Pc everything is as usual, only problem is when I try to power on a virtual machine from the Vcenter mobile access using ipad2, please give me a hand! thanks in advance

  67. Randy Smith

    I have everything setup but when I try to login with the app on my iPad I get a login failure.I also can’t seem to figure out how to change the username and password.

    1. Brian Partridge

      Are you using the credentials for the vCMA or vCenter in the iPad app? In the iPad app you need to specify the vCMA server in the settings and then specify the vCenter server and vCenter credentials on the sign in page.

  68. Shawn D

    Is there plans to add more access to the VMs? Remote Console? The app is great to monitor my ESX host and VMs besides that.


  69. Freaky

    but a bit sad vSphere 5 says the tools are incompatible (this is different from outdated). Which probably means they are REALLY old…

  70. Casey

    Works for me on ESXi 5.0. Installed latest tools and upgraded the virtual hardware to v8 and it’s still fine. Ran into some troubles with the standard procedure to install the tools, complained that there was a previously installed version that it would remove, but then it couldn’t find the uninstall script to use. I just deleted a bunch of vmware directories I found around the filesystem and then it went through ok, though still throws a couple of errors if I watch it boot.

        1. Brian Partridge

          The zip link points to an archive that can be placed right in your ESX Datasore, unzipped, and added to the inventory.

          The ovf link points to a VM package which can be deployed through the ‘Deploy OVF Template…’ menu in the vSphere client.

          Use the link for which ever deployment method you prefer. The resulting VM will be the same.

  71. Nathan Wheat

    Does this current version (1.2) support vSphere/vCenter 5.0? “Support” meaning, is it tested and compatible.

  72. Ben Huntsman

    First of all, great tool! Works nicely from a BlackBerry, or especially as an assistant to the iPad app! I really like having it around.

    But, interesting problem. I deployed the appliance to ESXi 4.1, and it’s showing up with a Vmware Tools Status of “Not Installed”. But, I can log in to the appliance and see that vmware-guestd is running, etc. Furthermore, if I right-click on the VM and go to Power, the “Shut Down Guest” and “restart guest” options are available, which usually aren’t unless the tools are installed.

    Anyway, thanks again!

  73. Stefano

    Hi everybody
    I downloaded and deployed the OVF file in my VSphere 4.1. If I try to connect to http:///vim with my pc browser I cannot reach the web page, while the management interface https://:5480 works perfectly. Also the url address http:// reports the page is not available (should reply the Tomcat service I suppose). During boot of the virtual machine I can notice there are these errors:
    – mount local filesystem protocol error;
    – starting vaos FAILED;
    – vmware hgfs is disabled in the host, cannot mount filesystem protocol error
    Somebody can help me please? Is it correct I cannot access vim through my pc web browser?

    Thanks in advance

  74. j

    Anybody know if there will be an iOS version that will just support your phone as well at some point? For the people who don’t carry there iPad everywhere they go ?

    1. j

      Agree, it would be nice to see there be a way to upgrade these via some script. vs. deleting/re-deploying the ovf again each time.

  75. YL

    Great product I find it very usual monitoring performance of servers on the iPad. I know you can check the number of cpu’s, ram etc for the ESX servers but is there any chance a future update could show this type of information for individual VM’s.


  76. Steve H

    Searching everywhere for this on the downloads page on VMware.com, nothing comes up.

    Searching for VCMA in the “All Downloads” area results in “nothing found”.

    Can someone please make this excellent product easier to find?

      1. Abed

        I can individually connect to my ESXi servers but not the vcenter… something to do with web services? Is there some configuration I am missing?? Other than that, this is a great tool !!

        1. Brian Partridge

          Abed, what are you seeing when the VC connection fails, is there an error message? Can you confirm the versions of your ESX & VC’s? Thanks.

  77. Abed

    Don’t know the credential to login to the appliance and don’t see anything in the instruction on how to set the vcenter settings.. What am I missing here??

  78. Bob Kleiman

    I didn’t see anything in the documentation on how to change the name or the root password once you have installed the appliance. I am also seeing a very limited feature set when I login using my iPad. All I see is reboot and put in Maintenance mode, I have no vmotion or anything else useful.

    1. Thomas Marcussen

      As previously stated, login to the appliance with the root user, and issue the “passwd” command. The appliance uses DNS for its host name. Create an A/AAAA (optional) and an PTR record on your DNS server and restart the appliance.

  79. John McPherson

    1. Download OVF and extract
    2. In vCenter – File>Deploy OVF Template
    3. Browse to the directory of the OVF file
    4. Follow deployment wizard
    5. Once the VM powers up, point the iPad app to the IP address and login with domain\username & password (consider making the IP address static)

  80. Ivo van Tulden

    Is it possible to connect / switch to multiple vCenter Mobile Access servers?
    I use the tool at work but also at customers, because we are a ICT supplier.
    Now I need to change the settings every time.

    1. Brian Partridge

      I assume this question is related to switching between vCMA servers in the vSphere client for iPad. Currently, you have to go to the settings and manually enter a new vCMA address when you want to change it.

      If you frequently jump between several vCMA servers it might be worth making a note in the Notes app and copy/pasting it into the vCMA field to save some time. Not a great solution, but certainly a work around until we come up with something better.

  81. Dean Colpitts

    Cool – but why VM Hardware Version 4? After upgrading from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5.0, my VMware Tools Version shows as Unsupported…


  82. arvind

    I just cannot seem to use the iPad app.When i enter my vcma server ip and hit done in the settings page all i get is “A connection failure occured”. I can seem to hit the page fine from my browser on the ipad. Anybody else seeing the same issue?

    1. Brian Partridge

      Arvind, can you confirm that you are running the latest version of vCMA (v1.1) and the iPad client (v1.1)? Are you able to login to the vCMA from your Safari on the iPad?

        1. Brian Partridge

          The iPad app version is shown on the sign in page.
          The vCMA version can be seen by logging in in your browser and going to the ‘About’ page.

  83. Andrew

    What are the security risks of using this? What security risks would be introduced if port 443 was open to the world?

    1. Brian Partridge

      Andrew, you should speak with a security consultant prior to making any component of your network available to the world.

      1. John Bigbutet

        Why not talk to a psychic instead, since they would have about the same level of knowledge of your code as a security consultant? In other words, don’t ever use this on the Internet without a VPN because they didn’t test with Fortify and other tools. I wonder if RHEV6 has this concern? Why doesn’t it implement the same protocol as the Windows version so no server appliance is required?

    1. Richard Parker

      I don’t know how you people are able to get this to work, I suspect some weird fraternization going on..

      At any rate, not matter what I do, this appliance WILL NOT WORK. This is the 3rd time I have tried this appliance (since beta), which by the way 3 years, seriously.. it was announced this support would be there in September of 2008, I know I was at VM Ware World in Vegas.. 3 years and this is ALL you can come up with? WOW.

      Anywho, I have the OVF and ZIP. I am not an idiot, I *KNOW* how to use OVF files, deploy VM’s, and this Appliance just plain sucks. Starting with time zone (yes I know it doesn’t matter, but still, just CLICK on time zone it takes you back to the login, and does NOTHING). It’s all pretty much downhill from there.

      I converted the ZIP to ESX format, as the OVF deployment works, but the appliance does NOT. I tried hosting it on VM Server, still nothing. So I figured maybe the OVF was corrupt, so lets try ZIP! NOT! same problem…

      I have spent 3 hours trying to get this stupid thing to work and how it got PAST QA I will never know, 5 lines.. do you ACTUALLY use this product or just decide hey look a screen, lets call it done! 5 lines is HARDLY useful to see your VM’s, yes I know we can put it on mobile devices, that’s what the SCROLL bar is for… at least an OPTION to see more at once would be nice.. because 200 VM’s 5 at a time.. and trying to figure out the VM you want in the list is just horrendous… Search.. yeah, great have to login first.

      You bring up the appliance VM. You login. You enter the VC (IP or FQDN) I tried adding local users to Vcenter server, and domain authentication, same problem.

      you login just sits there for an eternity, never does time out (again who made this app, a first year programmer??!?!) You always have a time out.. at least 30 seconds, lets be real. Forever is not ideal at all.

      So finally I play around with the settings, still nothing but I “accidentally” cancel the login and what do you know.. it lets me in?!?! WTF! first it wouldn’t take my credentials (which I know because I can login to VC with VI just fine) and now it bypasses the login and let’s me manage the appliance, wow terrific security..

      no matter WHAT you do with the iPad app it never gets past login, continually times out (again with the lack of programming experience, why so long to return server not found, or error.. whatever, 5 minutes to error out? PLEASE!).

      I don’t know who made this appliance or how it made it past management (bribe?!?) and allowed it to be released, but it is HORRIBLE. reminds of that stupid VDR appliance, same team perhaps?

      I wouldn’t recommend this app to my worst enemy let alone a colleague, and still don’t understand how you call this a “finished product”.

      It does NOT work, PERIOD.

  84. Travis

    Any way on the next update the font can be smaller for the VM Names. Most of the names when you click the ESX Hosts are shortened and cant differentiate them. Thanks

  85. Anders Boussard

    Installed in my home/test environment from OFV-file. Although I´also got the error on mounting file system i can log on via browser via https:///vim directly to my (only) esx-host running ESX 3.5.0. When I try in the iPad-app I receive an error:
    “ESX version 3.5.0 is unsupported.
    Please use version 4.0.0 or greater.”
    Of course this isn´t an alternative since my virtual machine is for home usage only. Whats the reason for not letting the app work with “old” 3.5.0 when browsing does?


  86. Don Williams

    Fantastic app! I’m using iPad v2, w/4.3.3. When the connection times out, you’re stuck at a screen with only the “Settings” button available. I have to exit, go back and exit AGAIN to get back to the login screen.

    Thanks again.


    1. Brian Partridge

      Don, it should just take you back to the launch page so you can sign in again. Could you tell me exactly how to reproduce this? For example, were you on a specific page or doing a specific operation before it timed out? Thanks.


  87. Martin Emrich

    … I, too, get the error on my iPad 2: “fault.RestrictedVersion.summary” while trying to start a stopped VM…

    1. Odin Brousseau

      VMWare ESXi free edition doesn’t support control command, it only support query. You need any paid version to be able to control VM from the vCMA.

  88. Jim Walker

    This stopped working a month or two back.
    Any word on when this app will be updated please?


  89. John

    Installed this a few days ago for use with iPad2’s and am impressed by its usefulness. I must say though that I’d love it to be able to vMotion & DRS manipulate VM’s….unless it does and I’ve missed the menu’sfor doing that!!

    Great for just keeping an eye on things whilst mobile around the office though. Thanks for the efforts to develop and bring the appd to the community.


  90. David Lee

    There seems to be a display limit of ‘999’ VMs if you’re hooking up to a vCenter instance. Overall looks nice, but utility is still fairly limited. Would be awesome to have Datacenter views, and the associated aggregate performance metrics/graphs. Keep up the good work!

  91. tom miller

    Thanks for your efforts, works great. Just upgraded to v1.1. Wondering why the IPAD client v1.1 does not have the same functionality as the browser client. Just vMotioned a VM using the web browser “safari” on my IPAD, but could not find the same vMotion function on the IPAD client?

    Did I miss something?

  92. Bernd

    Trying to import this vCMA applicance since 3 hours with my vCenter 4.1U1.
    No matter if I use “Deploy OVF Template…” with the OVF download ore I try to import the zip version with VMware converter,
    I always get the same error message during boot:

    cannot mount filesystem: protocol error
    HGFS is disabled in the host

    This is really annoying!

    Regards, bernd

    1. René

      Ignore this error message, vCMA should work.
      This error message is only due to vmware tools already installed in the virtual appliance. HGFS only makes sense in a vmware workstation or vmware player host.
      If you really want to get rid of this error message you can reinstall vmware tools to match your host you will need to install perl first)

  93. Craig Wallace

    All this application rocks! This is great when i am inside the LAN on wifi but if i wanted to use this when say out of the office what ports would i need to open on my fire to allow this?

    Thanks in advance

  94. Lee


    I installed the OVF without issue and it has an IP address. I followed the setup videos on youtube but whenever I try to access vcenter from the app I get “Login Failed” even though I know I am using the correct password. Thoughts?

    1. Dave Davies

      You need to make sure you are prefixing the username with your domain if you are using AD authentication

    2. FredBear

      You may also need to specify the vCenter server using FQDN. ie. servername.localdomain.local rather than just servername.

  95. Chris Nakagaki

    Related to version 1.1.0
    The Set Timezone option still doesn’t work. I’m having to log into the system and change it manually still. Otherwise everything seems to be working great so far.

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  97. Leigh Hart

    Tried installing the OVF tonight on two different hosts via vsphere essentials – thankfully in a lab – because the ovf installation process hung after 3% progress and took down both esxi hosts?!

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  99. Ben Huntsman

    Anyone having trouble using this with the iPad app and ESXi 3.5? We don’t have vCenter Server yet, so log in directly to the hosts. When I log into a 3.5 host through the iPad app, I get “0 Hosts 0 VMs” in the display, though it correctly indicates that it’s running ESXi 3.5. However, if I log in directly via a web browser into the vCMA interface, everything works as expected…

    1. Srinivas Krishnamurti

      Hey Ben, we currently don’t support (or to be more precise, we display incorrect data and/or NullPointerException error messages) when you connect the iPad app directly to an ESX host. We resolved that in the 1.1 version of the iPad client, which hopefully be out soon. In the mean time and as you rightly pointed out, you can manage your ESX box from a browser from any device once vCMA is deployed.

      1. Ben Huntsman

        Ok sounds good! I look forward to it!
        The iPad app is really useful. Any chance we’ll get the ability to connect to a console, or to add/edit resoureces in the new client? With just a few more features, I could easily see this being one of the most useful apps on my iPad…

        Thanks again!!

  100. chris Clark

    I downloaded this and i recieved this error. “Device “Hard disk 1″ has a backing type that is not supported. This is a general limitation of the host”.
    i basically can not see the hard drive of the VM. any suggestions?

    thank you

    1. chris Clark

      Never mind. i was able to resolve this after a good night sleep and watching a movie to get my mind off of it.

      1. Dave Rose

        Haven’t had the good night’s sleep yet nor the movie …. what is the solution for the backing type not supported — invalid type 7 .vmdk as reported when the virtual appliance gets about 45% into starting? I’m putting the .ZIP files directly on the datastore on an ESXi 4.1 stand-alone server. Can’t start the virtual appliance. however, I can start it with the Vmware player. ESXi server has automatically taken the 3 .vmdk files and created a single .VMDK file out of them upon uploading them to the datastore.


        1. chris Clark

          I downloaded the OVF for it to work.
          I did all of this from my vcenter
          click file
          deploy ovf template
          browsed to my download folder on my test machine
          installed it from there.

          I did the zip file download first and it did not work well for me
          Let me know if you need anything more. see what i can do.

      2. Harish Dhurvasula

        Sorry to hear that. We just tried the ZIP install and were able to reproduce the error. Please use the OVF deployment for now until we resolve the issue. Thanks.

        1. Harish Dhurvasula

          One more work around is to use the vmkfstools with the “zeroedthick” option.

          vmkfstools -i system.vmdk -d zeroedthick system-new.vmdk.

          Please make sure to update the fileName entry, in the vmx, if you do change the name.

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  103. Donovan Sobrero

    This is a really nice app. I only have 1 small issue with it. I’m a Network Consultant and i travel to lots of VM sites it would be outstanding to have a way to have it configured for multible sites!!!! Please don’t forget us consultants that do lots of different installs please.

  104. Jim Walker

    Since the latest VMware security patch this script seems to have stopped working,
    such that attempts to stop a VM generates the error:


    Anyone else seeing this?

  105. Chris

    When I try to log into via app, it says http bad request. I am not sure why this is happening because I can navigate just fine to through safari. If I go through the app, it asks about the certificate, I click ignore then it says “http/bad request 400”

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  107. Mark Briggs

    Just wanted to say thanks – awesome utility.

    Tip: when specifying the name of your v-center server I found it only worked if I specified the FQDN (i.e. v-center.domain.local)

    I’m always looking for ways to be lazy!

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  111. Logan

    Does installing the VMca on a single Vsphere allow a user (using the ipad app) to view the inventory of all Vspheres in linked mode with the vSphere server containing the VMCA?

  112. Mary

    I have installed successfully and able to change to a static IP but the login is failing. I am using ROOT and also my network administrator and both are failing. THe cred’s are correct as I access VMware otherwise. Is there a default login I can use?

    Thanks in advance.


  113. Bob Brown

    NullPointerException: Operation Failed in iPad app when clicking on a VM
    Is there a solution for this yet or is that in the next updated version?

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  119. Bill O'Brien

    The following diretions are for the iPAD
    1. Under Settings -> vSphere Client just put the IP Address or hostname for the webserver, no https or port or /vim
    2. Open the VSphere Client App and input your vCenter or ESX IP or FQDN and credentials

    My big issue was trying to use the fully formatted URL in the vSphere Client webserver config.

    Nice app. Someone should really update the documentation, seems to be causing lots of problems.

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  123. Bob Gilchrist

    Hi. This looks great and I have installed fom the OVF successfully – and given a static IP, but I get an error during boot: Cannot Mount FileSystem – protocol error. I used the defualt on install, including thick provisioning. Any ideas?

      1. Srinivas

        Hey, does the appliance work? For example, if you entered https:///vim, do you get the ability to log in to manage your vSphere deployment? We will look into this issue and report back. Sorry for the inconvenience.


        1. Anthony Seto

          I also get this error. When I go to https://ipAddress:5480, I see user and password, but I don’t know what to use here. Where am I supposed to enter the IP address of my vCenter ? If I try any credentials and hit enter, it says “Uncaught Exception:
          com.google.gwt.core.client.JavaScriptException: JavaScript TypeError exception: $doc.getBoxObjectFor is not a function”

          1. Anthony Seto

            also, when trying to deploy it initially, I have File –> Deploy OVF Template and not the File –>Virtual Appliance –> Import you have in your instructions

          2. William Bell

            Yep… When navigating to https://IPADDRESS:5480 and attempting to login, we get… “Uncaught Exception:
            com.google.gwt.core.client.JavaScriptException: JavaScript TypeError exception: $doc.getBoxObjectFor is not a function

            My first question would be… Why does this have anything to do with Google?

            The iPad App seems to be working, though.

          3. Reginald Owens

            I got this error as well. Turns out to be a Firefox browser problem. When I tried to login with Google Chrome, it worked.

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  128. harishd

    Some folks have asked for a way to turn off https, in vCMA, in order to accommodate older BlackBerrys that seem to have problems with https authentication. The following steps describe the details to disable https and enable http:

    1) Open /usr/lib/vmware/mobile/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.28/conf/server.xml
    2) Locate the Connector tag with port=80.
    3) Remove the “address=”” and “redirectPort=”443” attributes for that connector.
    4) Open /usr/lib/vmware/mobile/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.28/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/web.xml
    5) Locate security-constraint tag and comment -out or remove the section.
    6) Open /usr/lib/vmware/mobile/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.28/webapps/vim/WEB-INF/web.xml
    7) Repeat step 5.
    8) service mobile restart
    9) Connect to http:///vim

            1. pat

              This is funny, because I am looking for the UID and password default so naturally I google it, this site hits the higest because this is where everyone asks for it. But instead of anyone posting it and making anyones life a little easier. People state the obviuos to be soooo smart….”Google it”,,,”read the readme file”…Is it really that hard to type in “root” & “vmware” ? Then maybe be helpful and state “you probably want to change it using the passwd command after you log in”. Sorry for the rant but this is why non-tech people are annoyed with us.

              1. PPTony

                Extracted from the vCMA User Guide…

                The vCenter Mobile Access server is packaged as a virtual appliance. The default username/password on the appliance is root/vmware

                IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended to change the root password after installation.

  129. lassak

    Same here (BB Bold 9700). Seems it works fine when connecting directly to ESXi but filing when connecting to vCenter.

    Did anyone tried it on new BB Torch with 6.0v OS? Planing to get one and wondering if this will solve the issue or not.

    1. Pete

      So I suppose no solution or work arounds huh for anyone huh? Again I realise it is a fling but it has some good potential.

      1. Jason

        Not ideal but I have a workaround. On the Blackberry modify the browser configuration.
        Show Image NO
        Show Image Placeholders NO
        Everything then seems to work OK using plain text. The pictures were nice but not having them appears to have also improved the speed.

  130. Sean

    Having the same issue with my Blackberry Bold 9700 running v5.0.0.862 OS. From the Home page, no matter what I select, I get the General Tools menu.

  131. Jason

    Having a similar problem to pete using a Blackberry Bold. Works OK on a PC. But on Blackberry have search, migrate, hosts,SRM,Tasks,Alarms and events across the top clicking on any brings up Events.
    Tools and options on the next row come up OK and the text links across the bottom work ok as well.

    1. Pete

      Argh – glad to hear it isnt just me. But not glad that there is no solution as other folks on the site communicated it worked well for them.

      sigh – i hope there there is a fix or solution soon..

      1. jason carney

        Not ideal but I have a workaround. On the Blackberry modify the browser configuration.
        Show Image NO
        Show Image Placeholders NO
        Everything then seems to work OK using plain text. The pictures were nice but not having them appears to have also improved the speed.

  132. Pete

    Hi great app and idea however when clicking on hosts/clusters on my blackberry curve2 8530 from VZW it would bring up scheduled tasks. On my collegues black berry bold 9750 from AT&T when he clicks on hosts and clusters it would launch tools instead.
    When I tried the web link from my pc all is fine.
    What gives? any hints or tips to work around that. This is through the blackberry browser.

  133. Renan Andrade

    This application is very helpful.
    I’m runnig it on my servers and everything works fine.
    Now I can administrate my servers wherever I’m, I just have to access the URL from my phone….

    Thanks Guys!

  134. david gee

    This is brilliant, with the new VPN support for iPhone4 this will make life a lot easier when not at desktop / laptop. THANKS!

    1. Lode

      Hi Todd,

      if you enter the IP of the appliance in a browser, do you get an Apache Tomcat page? If so, just add /vim to your url, and it should work.

      Good luck!

  135. Barrett

    This is great. I was looking at getting Rove so I could manage my VM environment on my iphone. This is everything I need though, thanks!

  136. Vitman

    Hi, I’ve followed the instructions, but just get the Apache Tomcat webpage when I enter the URL. I am able to get the HTTPS management page, from where I can reboot/shutdown etc.

    Its my first time, so I might be making a small error, any ideas? Thanks!

  137. Christopher Gambiton

    This is a very great tool.
    A few issues – the user options are not remembered when you log out with regards to the search page etc if you make them higher, they return to 5 per page.

    Works well on some Blacberries, and not so well on others.

  138. Fred

    After installing it and trying to login from my iPhone it says “Web service not availible.
    I tried it from my desktop and it works fine. Is this app supported through the web browser on the iPhone?

    1. Alex C

      As per @srinivas “this works on any phone, including Android devices. We tested on Android, Symbian, iPhone, WinMo, BlackBerry, etc. Good luck.”

  139. Fred

    Well after getting it to work. Now it is just an website based on VMware Studio with a name of “Virtual Appliance Management Infrastructure”. But there is nowhere to add the VC and username password.

    Am I missing something?

    1. jimbo

      Fred, I’m getting the same behavior. After powering up the appliance and doing a reboot when I use the displayed URL I get presented with the loging screen titled “Virtual Appliance Management Infrastructure” I attempt to login as root with the default password. It eventually times out with the message “Unable to connect to server. Please try again.” I’ve installed the appliance into a Vcenter and also tried with Workstation but I get the same error each time. I never get to the “wizard” that lets me configure what host/vcenter I want to connect to.

          1. Fintan Kelly

            Yes same here. Can browse to URL fine but no option to enter vcentre IP and no combination of username or password will work? stay geting unable to authenticate

  140. Fred

    It is not an OVf, it was created in workstation.
    You will have to use converter to get it to work in ESX/ESXi.

  141. Mike

    I’m looking at the directions and I am not finding the OVF file they are referring to. Is anyone else seeing the same thing? What I am downloading appears to work in Workstation but so far not ESXi. Just wondering if others are seeing the same as I.

  142. Mike

    It appears to be a web page so as long as your mobile phone has a browser you should be able to use it.

    1. srinivas

      Hey @demz, this works on any phone, including Android devices. We tested on Android, Symbian, iPhone, WinMo, BlackBerry, etc. Good luck.


    2. Mike Horchler

      I’ve been running it for a while and the phone doesn’t matter so much as the ability of your phone to run a regular web browser. The vCMA is just an appliance running a webserver where every page is limited to like 200×400 size to make it easy to browse on a tiny screen. Your phone then connects to the website running on the vCMA appliance.


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