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Zerto plug-in for vSphere Web Client

  • In reading several documents available from Zerto that detail the configuration of the Zero plug-in for the vSphere Web Client, the instructions reference the following procedure:

    To set up the vSphere Web Client to work with to work with Zerto Virtual Replication: 1. When the vSphere Web Client service is installed on a Microsoft Windows platform: Copy and run VsphereWebClientPluginEnabler.exe to the machine where you run the web client service. This file is located in the Zerto Virtual Replication folder under the folder where Zerto Virtual Replication was installed. You can copy VsphereWebClientPluginEnabler.exe to any folder on the relevant machine. Run VsphereWebClientPluginEnabler.exe as an administrator. When the vSphere Web Client is installed on a Linux platform, via the vCenter Server Linux Virtual Appliance (vCSA): In the directory /etc/vmware/vsphere-client, open the webclient.properties file in a text editor and add the following to the file:. 2. Restart the vSphere Web Client service. Note: After the service has started you might have to wait a few minutes before you can open the vSphere Web Client in your browser.

    This seems to imply that these steps only work for a Windows-based vCenter (in its present iteration since the Web Client service cannot be divorced from the remainder of the vCenter components). Is this assumption correct? If so, I am astonished that, at this stage in the game, there is no support for the vCSA 6 forcing users to to the legacy C# and now-deprecated client.

    ZVM supports vCSA. In the instructions you referenced, it tells how to enable it for vCSA. Are you unsuccessful after following the instructions to enable it with vCSA?

     

    Senior Technical Architect at Zerto

    How is that supposed to work when the vSphere Web Client runs on the vCSA? You can’t run an EXE package on Linux, so how do you go about registering the plug-in in that case?

    To get the Zerto plugin to show in the vSphere Web Client you will need to edit the webclient.properties file in /etc/vmware/vsphere-client as per the 2nd half of the instructions you quoted.

    Alternatively you can simply access the Zerto GUI at https://zvm_ipaddress:9669 on any web browser which supports HTML5.

    Yes, but that setting only tells the Web Client service to enable script plug-ins, which is disabled by default. The plug-in still has to be registered for that to do anything, which then brings me back to how do you register the plug-in against the vCSA if it requires running “VsphereWebClientPluginEnabler.exe”, which is a Windows binary.

    No worries, I think the language in the admin guide may be what’s confusing here. The plugin does not need to be registered to the VCSA or the Web Client. You only have to edit the properties file , restart the web client service, and then do the following (from the Zerto admin guide, page 17):

    In the browser, navigate to a vSphere node supported by Zerto Virtual Replication, such as the root node or a virtual machine, and choose the Classic Solutions tab, which is now displayed after the Related Objects tab.

     

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