3.5. Exploring vCenter Server

You access vCenter Server via the vSphere Client, which you installed previously. The vSphere Client is installed either through the home page of an ESX/ESXi host or through the home page of a vCenter Server instance. When you launch the vSphere Client, you are prompted to enter the IP address or name of the server to which you will connect, along with security credentials. vCenter Server 4.0 supports pass-through authentication, enabled by the check box Use Windows Session Credentials. When this check box is selected, the username and password are grayed out, and authentication to the vCenter Server is handled using the currently logged-on account.

The first time that you connect to a vCenter Server instance, you ...

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