VMware Host Client and Chrome SSH Console

Among many recent improvements in ESXi Embedded Host Client, one feature stands out and makes the life of IT professionals easier. I am talking about the integration between the Host Client (Fling 11) and Chrome SSH Console (nassh).

After updating the Host Client to version 1.8.1, a new item ‘Get SSH for Chrome’ appears in the context menu when you right-click on the Host item.

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If the access to the Internet is available, the option allows you to initiate the installation of the Chrome SSH Console. The plug-in’s size is about 6 Mb. It integrates into the Chrome Apps, and can be used for connecting to the remote SSH sessions.

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The project is in a beta version, and, of course, it has some limitations. For example, I wasn’t able to get a correct output from the esxtop command, rather than a continuous flow of the raw data. At the same time, for basic troubleshooting and configuration, this functionality can save you some time.

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It’s not clear whether VMware has any plans to introduce this feature to the official VMware Host Client. However, I welcome the developers’ approach making the user experience a bit smoother. Well done, VMware!

12/09/2016 – Update 1: The terminal emulator should be changed to vt102 with this command “export TERM=vt102” to get esxtop and DCUI working. Alternatively, the default TERM value can be modified in the program defaults.

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12/09/2016 – Update 2: There are chances this functionality is included in the official release of VMware Host Client in the future. I will provide an update when more information is available.

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