VMware vSphere Client

VMware vSphere Client 6.0

Application Details:

Version: 6.0
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.9-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Creating, editing, start, stoping, restarting VMs.

What does not

Unable to start console session on VM.


Installation is problematic, a hcmon error causes installer/updater to fail and roll back all changes i.e. delete the entire Vsphere client.

Run the installer upto and including recieving the hcmon error. OK that error message, but do not Finish the installation.

Copy the Vsphere WINPREFIX elsewhere. Click Finish on the installer.

Delete the Vsphere WINEPREFIX and then restore your copy to it's original location. For example, create the WINEPREFIX ~/.vsphere, install application, click OK on hcmon error (do not press finish on the installer), copy .vsphere to .vspherecopy. Click Finish on the installer. Delete .vsphere. Rename or copy .vspherecopy to .vsphere.

Further components required:

winetricks -q dotnet35sp1 msxml3 vcrun2005 vcrun2008 vcrun2010

What was not tested

Anything console dependent.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Works reasonably well, however the real value of this application is being able to start a "console" session on the VM, by create a remote connection to the ESX server. Not having the console functionality really truncated the usefulness of running this in Wine.

Used winehq-staging 3.9

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
Sabertooth 990FX R1
Nvidia Geforce 1050 Ti

Kernel: 4.9.87-antix.1-amd64-smp GNU/Linux

Nvidia 396.24 drivers
DE: Xfce 4.12.2

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentantiX-17 "Heather Heyer" CoreJun 20 20183.9-stagingYes Yes YesBronzespaceman 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64May 19 20151.6.2Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
48163 Launching VMWare vSphere 5.5 fails with error. NEEDINFO View

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HowTo / Notes

Works in 32-bit prefix with some attention.

Create a fresh 32-bit WINEPREFIX

  WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.vsphere" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot

# Install .NET 3.5 sp1 and several other components with winetricks:

   winetricks -q dotnet35sp1 msxml3 vcrun2005 vcrun2008 vcrun2010

Install the vSphere Windows installer exe.

  wine ~/Downloads/VMware-viclient-all-${version}.exe

Launch the vSphere client, dismiss any warning/error dialogs:

  WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.vsphere" wine ~/.vsphere/drive_c/Program Files/VMware/Infrastructure/Virtual Infrastructure Client/Launcher/VpxClient.exe

The HCMON drvier error is now be fixed so the following steps are now deprecated:

Step through the installation dialogs accepting all defaults. When you see an error about installing the hcmon driver, STOP do not click OK.

Copy your ~/.vsphere directory to another location. e.g.:

  cp -R ~/.vsphere ~/Desktop/.vsphere

When the folder is copied you can now proceed:

Click OK to the hcmon driver error dialog, and click
Finish on the installer dialog. It will say that the installation
failed and will rollback the installation leaving the vsphere
installation folder empty.

Now copy the folder back:

  cp -R ~/Desktop/.vsphere ~/.vsphere


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

by David Moore on Tuesday December 22nd 2015, 16:48

What were the tweaks? I am having trouble with .NET 3.5sp1

Successful Install
by David Bell on Saturday June 20th 2015, 17:34
I was able to get this to install but I had to make a couple of tweaks.

Install the 3.5 Net Framework first, and power through the errors.

Before install vSphere issue a wineboot as it needs to install the 3.5sp1 Net Framework correctly.
RE: Successful Install
by David Bell on Monday June 22nd 2015, 9:41
As I read this, I can see that it doesn't make much sense though it made absolutely perfect sense when I wrote it. :-)

Here are the steps I had to take along with the posted instructions in order to get it to install on Ubuntu 14.04

1. Install the .net 3.5 first before any of the other packages, this keeps the install from erroring out due to a known bug with .net 2.0a

2. The msxml13 package doesn’t download automatically so you will have to do that manually but winetricks will tell you where to get it.

3. Before beginning the install of the vSphere Client you will need to issue a “wineboot” to emulate a Windows reboot.