At work I’ve been using the VMRC application for remote access to guests for some time with great success. This process gives you an instant remote session to your VM without needing to open ports/add software, etc.
Basically it makes use of some cli options run against the VMWare Remote Console. First you need to get the vmware-vmrc.exe on your machine, easiest is to install the Infrastructure Client, vmrc.exe will be located in (Windows):
C:Program FilesVMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure Client4.0
Now we can just simply create a desktop shortcut pointing to the vmrc.exe path with the following options:
This is where you enter the host IP of your ESXi box.
Optionally you can insert the username of the ESXi box you want to connect to, if left blank you will be prompted for credentials.
Optionally you can insert the password of the ESXi box you want to connect to, if left blank you will be prompted for credentials.
A complete (must insert your own info. for server, user, etc.) path for reference:
“C:Program FilesVMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure Client4.0vmware-vmrc.exe” -h -u “” -p “” “[ESXPATH] PathEsxi/PathEsxi.vmx”