How to install VMWare VSphere client 4.0 & 4.1 on the same computer

I frequently need to manage VMWare servers running either VSphere 4.0 or 4.1, if you are also in this position you will know that when you connect to a v4.1 server using the v4.0 client, it will prompt you to download & install the upgraded version (this is also the case when connecting to a v4.0 server with the v4.1 client) – you will also know that proceeding to do so removes & replaces the version you had installed. Someone I know came up with a simple solution which allows you to run both versions of the client on one computer:

1. Install VSphere Client V4.0 on you computer.

2. Rename the folder “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client” to “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client – V4.0 \”

3. Install VSphere Client V4.1 on your computer, this gets installed to “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client”.

4. Create shortcuts to the relevant version of VSphere Client Launcher in your start menu to the following files:

  •  VSphere Client v4.0: “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client – V4.0\Launcher\VpxClient.exe”
  • VSphere Client v4.1: “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe”

5. Enjoy a simpler VSphere Client experience!


Jason Vigus

2 thoughts on “How to install VMWare VSphere client 4.0 & 4.1 on the same computer

  1. Thanks, I was looking around to see if there was a way to do this, was over thinking it a bit.

  2. I have just had to do this for various free licence 4.1, 5.0 & 5.1 ESXi servers that I manager – what a hassle!

    VMware really know had to make life difficult.

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