Easy way to create a portable version of the vSphere Client

I recently stumbled on a very easy way to create a portable version of the vSphere client without using Thinapp.  The process extracts the contents of the msi installer that you can copy into a folder and take along with you on a USB drive.

1. Open up Windows explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\Installer directory. Sort this by date modified.
2. Start the vSphere Client installer and click thorugh the wizard until it starts installing. Now check the c:\windows\installer folder, you should see a file that was just created with a similar name to this “10be59b1.msi”. This is the actual MSI installer for the vsphere client.
3. Create a folder C:\vSpherePortable\ and copy this file “10be59b1.msi” into this folder
4. Now open up command prompt and cd into C:\vSpherePortable\ and run this command to extract the contents of the msi file.
msiexec /a 10be59b1.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\vSpherePortable\
5. To start the vSphere client naviagate to this folder and double click on vpxClient.exe
C:\vSpherePortable\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\vpxClient.exe

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4 Responses to Easy way to create a portable version of the vSphere Client

  1. nobody says:

    Just got it working with vSphere client 6, it runs fine.

    C:\>msiexec /a b49ab5b.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\vSpherePortable\

  2. Mike says:

    I don’t have the c:\Windows\Install folder. Would it esxtract somewhere else? Cause I can’t find that MSI anywhere and it’s driving me crazy.

    • Dd says:

      Its a hidden folder, did you try to type it in in the address bar when you open up windows explorer?, it should show you the contents.

  3. io says:

    Error 2203. Database:
    Cannot open database file. System Errror -2147287008

    🙁

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