There was an issue that was identified by some folks internally as well as myself around the new HTML5 VM Console for the VCSA 5.5 (vCenter Server Appliance). The issue is that after a reboot of the VCSA, the new HTML5 VM Console no longer functions. When you launch the console from the vSphere Web Client, you will get the following error "could not connect to x.x.x.x:7331"
After troubleshooting the issue with some of the engineers, it turns out there is an environmental variable that is not being properly set. There is a simple workaround to restore HTML5 VM Console functionality, take a look at the steps below:
Step 1 - Open up /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-client/server/wrapper/conf/wrapper.conf (for Windows it is under C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphereWebClient\server\bin\service\conf\wrapper.conf) and add set.default.VMWARE_JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre-vmware under the environmental section and save the file.
Step 2 - Restart the vSphere Web Client by running the following command:
Once the vSphere Web Client is available, you will now be able to access the HTML5 VM Console when launching from a Mac OS X system or an automatic generated URL. This issue has already been reported internally and we will also get a VMware KB article published with the workaround.
Here is the official VMware KB 2060604