vSphere Client on Windows 7

Are you having trouble with trying to get the vSphere client running on Windows 7? Do you think that dolts who reply with such helpful posts as

“windows 7 is not yet released so don’t expect a fix…..” and “just use XP mode…”

Well, you can stop tearing out your hair because a dodgy fix is here, courtesy of a VMware Communities thread:

  1. Obtain a copy of %SystemRoot%Microsoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727System.dll from a non Windows 7 machine that has .NET 3.5 SP1 installed.
  2. Create a folder in the Windows 7 machine where the vSphere client is installed and copy the file from step 1 into this folder. For example, create the folder under the vSphere client launcher installation directory (+%ProgramFiles%VMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure ClientLauncherLib+).
  3. In the vSphere client launcher directory, open the VpxClient.exe.config file in a text editor and add a <runtime> element and a <developmentMode> element as shown below. Save the file.
  4. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <configuration>

    <runtime>
    <developmentMode developerInstallation="true"/>
    </runtime>
    </configuration> 

  5. Create a batch file (e.g. *VpxClient.cmd*) in a suitable location. In this file add a command to set the DEVPATH environment variable to the folder where you copied the System.dll assembly in step 2 and a second command to launch the vSphere client. Save the file. For example,
  6. SET DEVPATH=%ProgramFiles%VMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure ClientLauncherLib
    "%ProgramFiles%VMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure ClientLauncherVpxClient.exe"

  7. (Optional) Replace the shortcut on the start menu to point to the batch file created in the previous step. Change the shortcut properties to run minimized so that the command window is not shown.

You can now use the VpxClient.cmd (or the shortcut) to launch the vSphere client in Windows 7.

Note that this workaround bypasses the normal .NET Framework loading mechanism so that assembly versions in the DEVPATH folder are no longer checked. Handle with care.

Thanks to Fernando for his diligent work….

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