VMware Remote Console Fails on Windows 10 – How to fix it!

In vSphere 6.5 and some simultaneous updates to earlier versions, VMware moved away from NPAPI (since Google is set on killing it) and instead introduced two new consoles, the HTML5 browser console which is quite frankly horrible (especially without VMTools), as well as a new “thick” console that installs on the client machine called VMware Remote Console. This is a welcome development, as moving away from NPAPI can’t come a day too soon, and anything that isn’t Flash based is always nice.

There’s only one problem, the install frequently fails on Windows 10.

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Setting Up a Virtual NTP Server on Debian

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Virtualizing NTP servers has been quite a hot topic for some time, but regardless of what some people say, you can actually virtualize NTP servers, as long as you know what you’re doing. If you examine some public NTP servers more closely, you’ll actually find that a lot of them are running on AWS, which should attest to virtualizing being a possible route to go down.

There’s some things though that you might want to consider before going down this route, and some special configurations you need to do to make sure everything works as intended.

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VMware Client Integration Plug-In not Working in Chrome? – Round 2

Now that Google has released version 45 of Chrome the NPAPI enable-trick that I showed you a couple of months ago has finally stopped working. The good news is that VMware has fixed the whole issue in vCenter 6.0 Update 1. So as long as you update, you’ll be fine. And if you want to continue using vCenter 6.0, they have released a new Client Integration Plugin (CIP) that works with vCenter 6.0.

But, the bad news is that the new CIP doesn’t fix compatibility with older versions of vCenter, for example 5.1 and 5.5, which I’d wager is still a sizable part of the VMware vSphere installations out there. There’s a fix promised coming within a short while, but since Google has been threatening with retiring NPAPI for 2 years now, I would not hold my breath for a quick resolution.

The best course of action at the moment is to switch browsers if you need the special features provided by the CIP, provided that you haven’t updated to vCenter 6.0 already. Keep in mind that the CIP also has some issues with Mozilla Firefox starting from version 39 onwards, but they can be fixed by flipping some flags.

VMware’s KB article on the Chrome v.45 issue with links to the new CIP for vCenter 6.0 users. 

VMware Client Integration Plug-In not Working in Chrome?

If you have experienced a problem with the vSphere Client Integration Plug-In not working even though it’s installed in Google Chrome, you’re not alone. Seems like Google decided to disable NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) from version 42 of Chrome onwards. The vSphere Client Integration Plug-In (henceforth known as the plug-in) utilizes the NPAPI to interact with Chrome, and Google is currently trying to phase out that particular API. The name should give you an idea of the age of that particular API (youngsters, go google Netscape and prepare to be amazed), and Google’s reasons for retiring it are quite understandable. VMware, on the other hand, are as usual quite tardy when it comes to supporting changes to Chrome, so it might be a while before we will see a new plug-in supporting a newer API.

Update: Chrome 45 has rolled around and removed NPAPI altogether, VMware has finally done something about it, see my latest post on the issue here.

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