Control ESXi with VMware Fusion 7 Pro

October 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago VMware released Fusion 7. While it offers better hardware and OS support they also added on particularly great feature. VMware Fusion is now able to connect to and have limited control over VM’s running on ESXi servers.

The new app has a Connect to Server (it even works with CMD +K) option under the File menu that brings up a login window. Enter the address and credentials for an ESXi or vCenter server and your ESXi environment will be listed in the Virtual Machine Library under your local VM’s.

VMware Connect to ESXI

You can start or stop VM’s. Open console access to them, as well as the ability to update som settings. This is as a major advantage as in the past you needed to run the Windows vShere clients to manage anything in ESXi. You will still need the vSphere Client to access settings, datastores and create VM’s.

VMware Connect to ESXI

While you can’t create a new VM from Fusion on an ESXi Server, you can upload a Fusion VM to your ESXi environment. To do so drag a VM in a shutdown state onto the ESXi/vCenter server. This will cause VMware to display a popup for copying the VM over to the ESXi host.

VMware Connect to ESXI

If you are connected to a vCenter server you wil be able to choose the ESXi host. Choose the datastore and click upload. This upload process may take awhile depending on you upload speed.

VMware Connect to ESXI