Update vSphere H5 Fling

New Version 3.36.0

Since vSphere 6.5 the HTML5 client (vSphere-Client) is an integral part of the environment and is geting updated with more and more features with every release of vCenter. It is to get rid of the infamous flash client (web-client) sooner or later.

In distributions below 6.5 there’s no HTML5 client included. But it is possible to get the functionality with a fling.


H5-Fling is a virtual appliance, similar to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). In can be updated either by SSH shell, or by its Fling Appliance Management Infrastructure (FAMI).


FAMI is an additional interface fpr the Fling Appliance. There’s also a VAMI (Virtual Appliance Management Infrastructure) interface that we know from VCSA for example. You can access VAMI by the following URL:

https://<IP-or hostname>:5480

It is not possible to update the H5-Fling by VAMI (even if there’s an update button).

URL for FAMI Update:
https://<IP-or hostname>:5490

Default Login is: root / demova

After logging in you’ll see an update button on the upper right corner. Press it to update. That’s all.

Update CLI

An alternative to FAMI updates is the CLI. You can either use the direct console or SSH.

Change directory to /tmp and fetch the package with wget.

cd /tmp
wget https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/vsphere_html_client/installer-3.36.0.bsx

Wget refuses the certificate, that’s why we have to add a parameter “–no-check-certificate”

wget https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/vsphere_html_client/installer-3.36.0.bsx --no-check-certificate

Now make the package executable.

chmod +x installer-3.36.0.bsx

Before installation the vsphere-client service needs to be stopped.

/etc/init.d/vsphere-client stop

Now installation can start and usually takes a couple of seconds.


After successful installation the service needs to be started again.

/etc/init.d/vsphere-client start

You can check successful installation in the FAMI interface.

What’s new?

Fling 3.36 – Build 8111348

New Features

Customize additional hardware devices/options during VM creation or cloning:

  • Host USB device
  • SCSI controller
  • USB controller
  • SATA controller
  • CPU > CPUID Mask > AdvancedVM Options > VMRC options
  • VM Options > VMware Tools > Power Operations
  • VMOptions > Power Management > Wake up on LAN
  • VMOptions > Advanced Configuration Parameters
  • VM Options > Fibre Channel NPIV

Warn when about to perform an operation on VM template(s) managed by a solution

Bug Fixes

SSO authentication error during accessing the vSphere Client from the fling appliance is resolved



vmware Labs – vSphere HTML5 Web Client

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