The VMware purchase of SpringSource seems to be paying off heavily in the past few weeks. After the long awaited release of the VMware View App for the Ipad last week, VMware followed up with the vSphere Client for Ipad on Friday Unlike the View app that connects directly to a current production environment, the vSphere client requires you to install the vCMA or vCenter Mobile Access appliance from http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma.
Once you install the vCMA you are able to publish a new web based vCenter management console. The vCMA will not give full control of your environment but it is great for quick checkups or vMotions. Once the app is installed you can set the IP address from the console and then access the webserver by browsing to the IP address followed by /vim (http://192.168.1.15/vim as an example). The next few screenshots are from my iPhone connecting into the vCMA
The first is the home screen with the second being the host and clusters view. These should look very similar on any smartphone you look at. One of the biggest features of the mobile app is the ability to migrate machines between hosts as seen below.
Now that the vCMA is installed you can grab the vSphere client for the ipad and get an even more detailed view into your environment. The first step, once you have the client downloaded and installed, is to set the webserver in the Global Settings screen. The webserver will be the IP address of the vCMA you installed earlier. When you open the app you will be asked to enter the vCenter address and username and password. From there you will see your hosts.
If you select one of the hosts you will see all the VMs it hosts along with basic performance information for the host.
Notice the performance tab at the bottom of the screen. This screen shows the historic performance stats of your host.
Returning back to the info tab, you can select an individual VM and get information from that VM.
Similar to the host settings you can also see the performance of the individual VM.
Now that you can get the information from VMs and Hosts, the next options are tools. You can ping or traceroute to the VM.
One of the last notable features is the ability to Suspend, Stop, or Restart the VM from the app.
As these apps mature I am sure we will see more features to include the network configurations, storage integration, and hopefully connectivity to the Public Cloud with the integration of vCloud Connector.