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Console Connect with a Proxy

Console Connect with a Proxy

Note: This issue affects only the Plugin Console. The Web Console functions correctly with a proxy.


Use of a local proxy server causes connecting to the console of a virtual machine to fail.

Potential Impact:

Inability to use the console session to access a virtual machine or to manage a virtual machine at the operating system level.


No ETA available at this time.

Source of Issue:

In vSphere 4.1, VMware removed the use of the mks-plugin as a method to connect to the console of a virtual machine, noting it as a security issue, and changed to using the VMware Remote Console (VMRC). For IBM, this meant updating the code to use a proxy server to which users connect. As such, use of a proxy at the organization site will not allow connectivity via console because VMRC will try to bypass the local proxy and connect directly to our proxy and hosts.


  1. Build a Windows virtual machine and use it as a jump box to eliminate the use of your local proxy through your local network.
  2. Connect to the virtual machine via SSH/RDP.
  3. Open IP addresses to the DMZ through the use of Trusted Network Groups to allow only certain IP addresses access to the virtual machine over the Internet.
  4. Add a LAN-to-LAN VPN connection to your environment. A LAN-to-LAN VPN connection replaces the SSL VPN and bypasses the proxy issue. Contact your service delivery manager to purchase a LAN-to-LAN VPN connection.