Features not available in VMware vSphere Client 6.0

The tasks that you can perform when you connect directly to a VMware ESXi host or vCenter Server system with the vSphere Client are limited and these features are not available:


  • IPv6 (NFS 4.1 Storage operations, iSCSI UI, Guest OS customization, virtual data center (vDC), ESX platform support)
  • Multi-Instance TCP/IP stack and upgrade
  • SR-IOV, LACP, Multicast support enhancements
  • Opaque Networks
  • Network I/O Control (NIOC v3)
  • Open vSwitch (OVS) support
  • ProxySwitch autoscale capability
  • Network DRS
  • DRS anti-affinity rules
  • Long distance vMotion
  • Cross-vCenter vMotion


  • AHCI SATA device support
  • vFlash-DRS interoperability
  • vFlash cache UI support
  • vSAN disk group management, Profile compatibility errors and warnings, SPBM UI, Default Profiles, Disk serviceability, Fault Domain isolation
  • Storage DRS compatibility with vSphere Replication, Interoperability with Site Recovery Manager
  • I/O Filters: Storage policy support
  • NFS Client 4.1 with Kerberos
  • Virtual Volumes in vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server Storage Profiles
  • Storage Management Views

Hardware Features:

  • Intel vGPU
  • AMD vGPU
  • SVGA Hardware version 10, 11
  • 128 vCPUs (N/A for HWv10 and earlier)
  • Removable Serial Port Max limit 32 (N/A for HWv10 and earlier)
  • 255 PVSCI Devices
  • VMCI Firewall
  • Smart Card authentication
  • SATA controller and hardware settings
  • SR-IOV
  • GPU 3D render and memory settings
  • Tuning latency
  • vFlash settings
  • Nested hypervisor
  • Fast checkpointing
  • CPU ref counters
  • Ease and scheduled hardware upgrade
  • Default compatibility level

Other Functionality:

  • VMware Tools reporting and upgrade enhancements
  • End VMware Tools Install
  • vCenter Server Linked Mode
  • vCenter Server Service Status (Health-UI Extension)
  • vCenter Server Hardware Status (CIM-Monitoring Extension)
  • vCenter Server Performance Charts – Overview
  • Simplify tuning for low latency workloads
  • Guest authorization
  • SMS for certificate management
  • CIS runtime configuration
  • CMS support firstbooting
  • Lockdown Mode
  • Performance charts integration with RAS
  • Tagging enhancements
  • Deleted file reclamation

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