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Common vCenter Server and vSphere Client Windows paths (1028185)

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Purpose

vCenter Server and vSphere Client can be installed on a wide range of Windows operating system versions. The paths on these operating systems vary.
 
This article lists some of the commonly used paths, using Windows variables, so items can be quickly located regardless of the Windows operating system version.

Resolution

This table lists the commonly used vCenter Server and vSphere Client paths:
 
Item Path
vpxd install directory %PROGRAMFILES%\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\vpxd.exe
vpxd logs directory %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs
vpxd configuration file %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\vpxd.cfg
vSphere client install directory %PROGRAMFILES%\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe
vSphere client logs directory %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\VMware\vpx
vCenter installation logs directory %TEMP%
This table lists the commonly used Windows variables for vCenter Server and vSphere Client paths:
 
Variable Windows XP Windows Vista/7/2008
%ALLUSERSPROFILE% (%PROGRAMDATA%) C:\Documents and Settings\All Users C:\ProgramData
%PROGRAMFILES% C:\Program Files C:\Program Files
%PROGRAMFILES(X86)% C:\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version) C:\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version)
%TEMP% and %TMP% C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp
%USERPROFILE% C:\Documents and Settings\{username} C:\Users\{username}

Update History

05/23/2011 - Added Windows 2008 to list.

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