SCCM Package – vSphere 5 Client

vSphere is pretty awesome, though I hope their prices come down in light of Hyper-V 3.0. In any case, here’s how to package vSphere Client with VDR and Update Manager.

References

Process

  1. Download the vSphere client install executable from any of your vmware hosts by visiting http://vm-hostname then clicking “download client”. Place the client in C:\temp\viclient.
  2. Download the VMWare Data Recovery ISO from the vSphere 5 Downloads link above, then extract the file “VMwareDataRecoveryPlugin.msi” to C:\temp\viclient.
  3. Run the vsphere-update manager installer named “VMware-UMClient.exe” from the updateManager folder of the vCenter Server 5 installation media. Once the installer is running, navigate to the folder %temp% and obtain the file “VMware vSphere Update Manager Client 5.0.msi” from one of the subfolders. Place the msi file in C:\temp\viclient.
  4. Download the Visual J# x64 Redistributable from the above site.
  5. Run the following command to extract the Visual J# install files:
    vjredist64.exe /c /t:C:\temp\viclient\vjredist64
  6. Create a batch file with the following contents in C:\temp\viclient named “Install-viclient.cmd”.
    @ECHO OFF
    ECHO Installing vSphere 5 Client, VDR Client, and UpdateMgr Client
    ECHO Do not close this window. It will close when the install is finished.
    
    REM Main Install
    msiexec /i vjredist64\jsredist.msi /qb ADDEPLOY=1
    VMware-viclient.exe /q /s /w /L1033 /v" /qr /L*v \"%TEMP%\vmvcc.log\""
    msiexec /i "VMware vSphere Update Manager Client 5.0.msi" /qb
    msiexec /i VMwareDataRecoveryPlugin.msi /qb
  7. Assemble the files into a single source folder then create a SCCM package and program. The program’s command line action should be “install-viclient.cmd”. The following is a screen shot of my final source folder. My folder contains Make-Shortcuts_vSphere.ps1, which I use to move the vi client shortcuts around.

Keep on truckin’ space cowboy.

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4 thoughts on “SCCM Package – vSphere 5 Client

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  2. Hi! Internet is so great, right? a few years ago you post this, and now you’re helping me out!!! Thanks for that.
    Do you happen to know how can I get the SRM plugin? I’m looking for it, but it’s kind of hard getting it.

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