How to change Virtual Machine Default Console Preference
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How to change Virtual Machine Default Console Preference


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VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides the steps to change Virtual Machine Default Console on both vCenter and ESXi web Interfaces.

You may receive only one option to open VM console on vSphere Client, with no option to choose a different console type.
For example, choosing to "Launch Web Console" only prompts the option to launch VMRC:


VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.7.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.x


1. On vCenter using vSphere UI:
  • Login using preferred user.
  • From the logged in user drop down, choose "Change VM Console Preference":

Choose the preferred VM console from the available options:

2. On vCenter using Web Client, the same setting can be changes from the VM console directly by choosing "Change Default Console" as shown below:

3. On ESXi host client:
You can choose a default VM console from ESXi host HTML5 client directly.

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