VMware releases vSphere Client for iPad v1.1

VMware announces that v1.1 is now approved by Apple and available in the App Store soon.  Please also download the latest version of the backend vCMA server (v1.1) that is required for the new client.  You can download the latest vCMA appliance at: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma. The VMware vSphere Client for iPad is a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client, optimized for viewing and managing your vSphere environment on the go. With this client you can monitor the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines. Virtual machines can be started, stopped and suspended. vSphere hosts can be rebooted or put into maintenance mode.

* NOTE: This application is only available as-is, with community support only. Please visit the community forum: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/ipadclient

Requirements:
* vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) virtual appliance available from the VMware Labs: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma
* Network connection to the vCMA virtual appliance; can use built-in VPN client
* VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server 4.x or higher

The biggest “feature” in v1.1 of the client is to support management of ESX and ESXi hosts directly from the iPad without requiring a vCenter server instance.  The list of features and bug fixes in this release are listed below:

What’s New In Version 1.1.0

(Note: This version requires vCMA Server v1.1, which can be downloaded at: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma).

New in version 1.1.0
– Support for connecting directly to a vSphere host (resolves Null Pointer Exception)
– Integrated interface to input vCMA server settings and login credentials
– Enhanced version compatibility checks between vSphere iPad application and vCMA server
– Fix for Null Pointer Exception when rebooting a host while the host was in maintenance mode
– Store password, if requested by the user, in the keychain
– Ability to properly scroll the host list in landscape mode
– Sorted host list (by name and grouped by vendor ID)
– Display center ellipsis for long virtual machine names
– Better performance metrics when connecting directly to a vSphere host
– Show “Unavailable” or “PoweredOff” message when unable to obtain performance data for a selected VM
– Reflect available actions correctly, for a selected VM, when an operation was completed
– Ability to cancel ‘revert to snapshot’ action

 

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