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What happens when you click “Download vSphere Client for Windows”

Have you ever wonder how the vSphere Client for Windows is getting downloaded when you click  “Download vSphere Client for Windows” ?


  • Inside ESXi host there is an XML file called “clients.xml” which is located at /usr/lib/vmware/hostd/docroot/client .
  • This file is having the download link for the vsphere client, http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0.exe.
  • When you click on the hyperlink for the download, this file is being called for downloading the client

    root@test-ESXi:/usr/lib/vmware/hostd/docroot/client] cat clients.xml


    <clientConnection id=”0000″>










  • This is not going to help us in any way . ( This is just a fun activity )

Disk Utilization of VCSA 6 is 80%

There are scenarios where the VCSA partitions will become highly utilized time to time,

The current scenario is  /dev/sda3 11G 8.3G 1.9G 82%  reached 82 % . This will not cause any issue until the complete space is used on the partition.  To avoid the failure of the vcenter server in the future I fixed the issue as below,

  • At very first I was planning to extend the disk size of the vcsa by following the KB2126276
  • But later checked the partition and found that the audit logs consuming the considerable amount of storage on the /dev/sda3 ,

             test-vc1:var/log # du -Sh * | sort -rh | head -n 15 2.6G audit

  • I have rotated the audit log on the vcsa 6.0

test-vc1:/var/log # cd /etc/logrotate.d/
test-vc1:/etc/logrotate.d # logrotate audit

  • After rotating audit logs the usage had come down to 59%



This is one of the solutions for fixing the issue.