Installing VMware vSphere Client on a DC

Despite the fact that installing the VMware vSphere client on a Domain Controller is not best practice, there are practical applications. Some IT admins that work with remote offices may have standalone ESXI hosts at those office that may not be managed by a vCenter server. Another scenario is that a DR site may have a separate vCenter server/cluster, where the host may only have a DC and a backup/replication server(s) running at any given time. In vSphere 5.5 VMware disabled the ability to install the vSphere client on Domain Controllers (see the error message below), however there is a method to get around this.



  1. Download the vSphere client on your DC
  2. open an elevated command prompt window
  3. cd to the directory containing the installer (ex: C:UsersAdministratorDownloads
  4. run the following command VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1618071.exe /VSKIP_OS_CHECKS=”1″ (note the name of your installer may vary based on the version/build you are installing)
  5. Go get yourself a cup of coffee and wait for vSphere to install (depending on the speed of your server and storage this can take up to 10 minutes).




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Welcome to Rich’s IT Blog. Not a whole lot to see here just yet, but there will be certainly be more to come. Looking forward to providing weekly contributions. Things will likely get off to a gradual start with some tutorials of the most frequently asked questions I get from friends and family, then building into more fun server side things. At some point in early 2015 I will start including video tutorials and demonstrations in addition to written ones. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, looking forward to kicking this blog into high gear in the new year!