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VMware vCloud® Air vSphere® Client Plug-in 1.5.1 Release Notes

vCloud Air vSphere Client Plug-in 1.5.1 | 18 NOV 2014

Updated 12 MAR 2015

What's in the Release Notes

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About the vCloud Air Plug-in

The vCloud Air vSphere Client Plug-in, formerly known as the vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in, lets you view and manage your vCloud® Air resources in the vSphere Web Client. After you install the plug-in and register your vCloud Air account with it, you can view all your Dedicated Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud instances in the vSphere Web Client. You can browse each cloud instance and manage its inventory of virtual data centers, gateways, networks, and virtual machines.

Note: Only users with an Account Administrator user role in vCloud Air can register and use the plug-in. See Known Issues for more information.

What's New

  • The 1.5.1 release of the vCloud Air plug-in is an update release that resolves the issues listed in Resolved Issues. VMware recommends you upgrade to 1.5.1 as it addresses an important security issue.

    For information about upgrading the plug-in, see the vCloud Air vSphere Client documentation center.

  • The plug-in, formerly known as the vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in, has been renamed to VMware vCloud Air vSphere Client Plug-in. The user interface displays the new name of the plug-in and of the service, vCloud Air. However, the Getting Started page and the navigation pane may still refer to the old names in some versions of the vSphere Web Client.

Supported Browsers

The vCloud Air plug-in has the same browser requirements as the vSphere Web Client. See vSphere Web Client Software Requirements for information.

Note: Disable all pop-up blockers in your browser.

Supported Platforms and Services

Supported platforms:

  • vSphere Web Client 5.5 Update 1
  • vSphere Web Client 5.5 Update 2

Supported vCloud Air services:

  • vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud
  • vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud
  • vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Documentation

vCloud Air vSphere Client Plug-in Documentation Center

Resolved Issues

Certificate requirement
While establishing an SSL connection to vCloud Air, the plug-in verifies the SSL certificate of the site. As part of the installation process, you must download the certificate from https://vchs.vmware.com and add it to the trusted keystore of the vSphere Web Client. If you do not add the certificate, you will be unable to register your vCloud Air account with the plug-in or connect to vCloud Air.
Note: If you are upgrading to version 1.5.1 and you did not add the certificate when you installed the earlier version of the plug-in, you must add the certificate after upgrade or you will not be able to register your vCloud Air account with the plug-in.

Internationalization
The plug-in now accepts non-ASCII characters in text fields and displays names with non-ASCII characters correctly.

Smaller package size
The plug-in package size has been reduced significantly, to approximately 10 MB.

Known Issues

vCloud Air plug-in is not available for vSphere 6.0
The vCloud Air plug-in is not available for vSphere 6.0. It does not appear in the vSphere Web Client home page in vSphere 6.0, nor is it available for download and install. If you installed the plug-in in an earlier version of vSphere, and you upgrade to vSphere 6.0, the plug-in does not appear after the upgrade.
Workaround: vSphere 6.0 users can use the vCloud Air portal at https://vchs.vmware.com to manage their vCloud Air workloads.

Unable to open virtual machine console
You are unable to open a virtual machine console on Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.
Workaround: Opening a virtual machine console is not supported on Firefox or Chrome. In Internet Explorer, do the following:

  1. Disable AVG add-ons.
  2. Turn off Pop-up Blocker.
  3. Enable ActiveX.
    The ActiveX download might take some time.

Account Administrator user role required to register and use the vCloud Air plug-in (Effective 05 SEP 2014)
User roles in vCloud Air have been updated. Consequently, the vCloud Air plug-in's account requirements have changed. You now require an Account Administrator user role to register your vCloud Air account with the plug-in and to use the plug-in. Account administrators have the privileges to perform all tasks in the vCloud Air plug-in.

If you register using any other role, you will not be able to see your cloud instances.

If you previously registered your vCloud Air account with the plug-in using a Virtual Infrastructure Administrator role, or other administrator role, update the registration:

  1. In the Summary tab of the vCloud Air plug-in, click the Sign in as a different user link.
    You are logged out.
  2. Click the Register vCloud Air account link, and register again using an Account Administrator user role.
    If you do not have this role, contact your vCloud Air account administrator.

Missing text in navigation pane or drop-down menus
After you upgrade to the latest version of the vCloud Air plug-in in vSphere Web Client 5.5 Update 1, you might see the following problems:

  • The text for the Hybrid Cloud Service entry in the left navigation pane is missing. The icon appears but the text is missing.
  • In drop-down menus, some menu items display the text _MISSING RESOURCE_ instead of the command name.

This problem occurs because of a caching issue with the Adobe Flash Player. It has been observed on Firefox but might also occur on other browsers.
Workaround:

  1. Clear your Web browser cache.
  2. Reload the vSphere Web Client page and log in again.

Unable to delete last virtual machine in a vApp
If a vApp is in partially-running or running state, and you try to delete the last virtual machine in the vApp, you get the following error: "The requested operation could not be executed on vApp "vAppName". Stop the vApp and try again."
Workaround:

  1. Power on the virtual machine you want to delete.
  2. Power off the virtual machine.
    This also powers off the vApp if the vApp has only one virtual machine.
  3. Delete the virtual machine.

Cannot edit settings of a Standard virtual machine in a Disaster Recovery virtual data center
When you try to edit the settings of a Standard virtual machine in a Disaster Recovery virtual data center, you get an error.
Workaround: None.

Error message appears if you try to delete a virtual machine multiple times
When you delete a virtual machine, the task might take some time. If you use the Delete command again, an error appears that states the virtual machine's uuid has no access.
Workaround: You can ignore this error.

Actions in drop-down menu are not available until the page finishes loading
When you right-click a virtual machine in a Disaster Recovery virtual data center, the drop-down menu displays all available actions. Do not use the commands until the Refresh page icon stops spinning, which indicates the page has finished loading, otherwise the command might fail.
Workaround: Wait until the page finishes loading before using the commands in the drop-down menu.

Delay in displaying virtual data center storage amount
When you create or delete a virtual machine, there is a delay before the used and free storage amounts for the virtual data center are updated. If you create a virtual machine immediately after that, the old amounts might be displayed in the wizard.
Workaround: None. The storage amounts are accurately displayed after a while.