vSphere 4.0 Client on Windows 7


There seems to be a compatibility issue between the vSpere 4.0 client and Windows 7. The client will not run and through an error.

So there is a work around for this which I found online. I tested it and it works fine on my 64-bit Windows 7 box.

  1. Copy the file system.dll from the %systemroot%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727 folder of a Windows XP installation which has .NET 3.5 SP1 installed to a temporary area
  2. On your Windows 7 client, move to the C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\ folder if you’re running 64-bit or C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\ if running 32-bit
  3. Create a new sub folder name LibXP and copy in the system.dll file
  4. Now open the VpxClient.exe.config file in the Launcher folder in a text editor. Add the section below to the file (don’t duplicate the </configuration> part)
        <developmentMode developerInstallation="true"/>
  5. Create a file, vpxclientwin7.cmd, in the Launcher folder with the following content. Note I’m running 64-bit. If you are 32-bit replace ProgramFiles(x86) with ProgramFiles.
    SET DEVPATH=%ProgramFiles(x86)%\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\LibXP
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe"
  6. You can now start the Vpx client by running this file 

I can now run under Windows 7, as shown here. Note that this is a workaround and shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution.

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One comment on “vSphere 4.0 Client on Windows 7
  1. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which
    I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad
    for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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