VMWare vSphere / virtual centre on Windows 7

Upgraded to Windows 7? Trying to use VMWare vSphere Client? Getting the messages:

Error parsing the server “YOUR SERVERS IP” “clients.xml” file. Login will continue, contact your system administrator.

You click OK and they you get:

The type initializer for ‘VirtualInfrastructure.Utils.HttpWebRequestProxy’ threw an exception.

You click OK and vSphere fails to launch 🙁

After upgrading to Windows 7 you may have suddenly read horrible threads that tell you VMWare vSphere client will not work. Well its all lies. Its true that it wont work out the box, but a quick tweak and you’ll be good to go in minutes.

Follow these steps, which will get you up and working again in a flash.

1:) Obtain a copy of .NET framework system.dll from a non Windows 7 box. In my case I took it from a Windows 2003 server. The file is located at %SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727 which for me was c:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727

2:)Create a folder (call it Lib+) in your VMWare vSphere installation to put this file. I created the following (on a 32bit installation) C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\Lib+

A quick summary, you should now have a folder called C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\Lib+ with a file called System.dll from a non windows 7 installation of .NET Framework v2.0.50727

3:) Now go into C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher and edit the file VpxClient.exe.config in textpad or notepad etc..

Add in the following lines just before the final line (which reads </configuration>)

  <developmentMode developerInstallation=”true”/>

Save this file

Now create a batch file called whatever you choose – I choose vSphereLauncer.cmd but it doesnt matter, and put the following in it (on the assumption that the paths are correct etc..) – Note it is 2 seperate lines.

SET DEVPATH=%ProgramFiles%\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\Lib+
“%ProgramFiles%\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe”

Thats it!

Run your newly created batch file, and you should no longer get that irritating message!

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