Installing vCenter 5.1 problems, lots of them!
Figured I’d upgrade my lab vCenter from 4.1 to 5.1 today.. talk about more than I expected!
First, I had to go and install the vCenter SSO functionality before I could even upgrade the vCenter inventory service.
Second, I had to upgrade the vCenter inventory service.
Third, I had to install the vCenter Web Client so I could configure SSO post install. This was a royal pain as by default, the service would not start.
I had to do the following:
1) Creat a symlink “C:VWC” that points to the vSphere Web Client folder, which is “C:Program FilesVMwareInfrastructurevSphereWebClient” by default.
Run the following command:
mklink /d C:VWC "C:Program FilesVMwareInfrastructurevSphereWebClient"
2) Modify the vSphere Web Client Service Image Path and replaced all occurences of the actual directory path (that is “C:Program FilesVMwareInfrastructurevSphereWebClient”) by the symlink path created in step 1 (that is “C:VWC”). The easiest way to do this is by modifying the correspondink Windows Registry value.
3) Start thevSphere Web Client Service by running the following command:
net start vspherewebclientsvc
Only then was I able to get the WebClient service to start…
Then all I had to do was log into the web client and configure a SSO identity source. In my case I used Active Directory.
However, nothing I did worked, and I couldn’t figure it… I ended up here: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2037365
Which says.. use lower case ldap in your LDAP URL :)