How to Monitor vSphere 5 from your iPad

I’ve been in the process of updating my VMware home lab (future blog alert) and with that I’ve decided to do a lot of “fall cleaning” of stuff.  About the only thing I’m keeping is my ActiveDirectory and DNS VM and everything else is getting a brand new install including vSphere 5.0, vCenter 5 etc to the latest approved bits.  One of the cool little VM’s I like to play around with is the vCenter Mobile Access server (vCMA) which is packaged as a virtual appliance.  If you are not familiar with vCMA it gives you the ability to somewhat manage (limited) and monitor your lab using your mobile device.  My mobile device is an iPad 2 so this is a quick install guide on how to download, install and setup to work with your device.

Go to and Accept the Technical Preview Agreement (their version of a get out of jail free card – in other words, if this screws up your system its all on you 🙂 ) – then download the OVF.

0 - vCMA WebPage


After you download follow these quick screen shots:

1:  Open up vCenter – click on File – and Deploy OVF Template:

1 - Deploy OVF Template


2: Browse to the folder you saved the OVF file to:

2 - Browse to the vCMA Download OVF

3. Review the Product information and click Next

3 - Review the Product - click Next

4. Accept the EULA

4 - Accept the EULA

5. Choose where you want to install it

5 - Choose where you want to install it

6. Pick the datacenter you want to install it to

6 - Pick the Datacenter you want it to install to

7. Now let’s pick the datastore you want to install it on.

7 - Pick the Datastore you want to install it on






8. Choose the type of disk format you want – I chose Thin

8 - Choose the disk format


9. Last chance to double check everything

9 - Final Review of the install

10. Now lets watch it go !!!

10 - Watch it go

11. – Looks like it’s completed

11 - Complete

12. Now lets open up the console and power on our VM

12 - open up console and power on the VM

13. vCMA grabs a DHCP address and you can see it here:  NOTE the :5480 extension

13 - IP Assigned

14. Let’s surf over to the site – and accept the untrustedness of it 🙂

14 - Surf to the IP address - accept the untrustedness

15. Login is Root and Password vmware

15 - login root vmware


16. at this point, the install is complete – now if you want to move away from DHCP click on Network

17 - if you want to change from DHCP to Static click network

17. Add your static IP information here:

17 - if you want to change from DHCP to Static click network

18. Now let’s bust out our iPad and go to the iTunes store and download vSphere Client –

vSphere Client iPad App

19. Open up the app and the first thing you need to fill out is the vCMA IP info


20. Once that is done, it will ask you to enter your vCenter Information


21. If everything went well, the next screen should look like this:


12. You can drill into your hosts, in this case I fired up a Win7 VM from my iPad


13. You can also view performance statistics from the app



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