ESXi and VMware Workstation: quick way of getting Console screenshots in PNG format; some URLs on your ESXi machine
Posted by jpluimers on 2013/08/23
Thanks DoubleCloud for the post on Really Easy Ways to Capture VM Screenshot.
I’m not sure yet how to get the ID of a running VM, so usually this is a bit of trial and error on a busy system (:
Later: I found out you can get the ID through MOB; see a couple of these links.
- VMware Front Experience: How cool is that: VM console screenshots just by browser.
- Web-Based Datastore Browser in vSphere | DoubleCloud.org.
- A Little Known Secret of vSphere Managed Object Browser | DoubleCloud.org.
For my ESXi the URLs are these:
Turn of screen blanking
- In Windows, look at the Power options, then turn off the screen saver.
- On Linux text consoles e.g. you can do this with the command “setterm -blank 0”.
There is no way to take screenshots using URLs in VMware Workstation. But as of VMware Workstation 6.5, you can use Ctrl+Alt+PrtSc both in Windows and Full Screen mode. Like the ESXi screenshots, captures only the screen itself (so not the borders/toolbar/tabs in Windowed mode).
Note that form the vSphere client, you can take a movie as well: Creating a Screen Shot or a Movie of a Virtual Machine.
URLs on your ESXi machine
The above leads us to a couple of URLs on your ESXi machine:
- Base index which you can remove:
- Screen shots:
- Managed Object Browser:
- Data Store Access:
- Host File Access:
- Update Package Access:
Instead of removing the base index page, you can also turn it into virtuallyGhetto: Ghetto webAccess for ESXi as ESXi cannot be used for Installing the VMware vSphere 5.1 Web Client | VMware Support Insider – VMware Blogs.
If you are on a Mac with OS X, you even can go further: Poor man’s VMware Infrastructure Client for OS X | Break & Enter.
For PC and iPad, VMware has software available, but not for Mac OS X:
- VMware vSphere Client for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store.
- VMware vSphere Client Download URL ~ What the…..?.