VMware flings out preview of new web management interface
VMware admins are generally pretty happy with their lot, although the dire web interface for vSphere 5.x got plenty of backs up. Virtzilla therefore gave vSphere 6.0 a shiny new web interface, but did so by relying on the NPAPI browser plugin format that's about to go to the big Trash folder in the sky thanks to Chrome deciding not to support it any more.
Indeed, recent versions of Chrome have broken the plugin and therefore the web interface. A little command line action gets around that, but won't do so forever once Chrome banishes NPAPI entirely.
Little wonder, then, that VMware has just popped out a new browser-based management tool for admins to play with.
The new code is a “Fling”, VMware's name for code cut by its engineers but which isn't supported or recommended for use on production systems. Flings do, however, reflect VMware's development directions.
There's no vCenter support but as the quote above makes plain, VMware has some way to go on this project. The Reg's virtualisation desk therefore suspects this is the beginnings of a new web client that moves on from NPAPI.
Another new Fling is the VNC Server and VNC Client that, as the name suggests, makes it possible to remote into vSphere and VMware Workstation boxen using the VNC protocol.
Vmworld's under two weeks away, but it takes rather longer than that for Flings to turn into products. At a guess, this code may be destined for a vSphere 6.1 release that should land towards the end of the year or early 2016 if VMware keeps up its usual release cadence. ®