Updating your VMware vCenter Server Appliance and see error downloading manifest? I’ll show you how to get around it and back on track.
I chatted with VMware support, and they suggest a method that worked for me.
I am a big fan of virtual appliances, and the latest version of the vCenter server appliance (vCSA) is awesome. One of the great things about a virtual appliance is the ease of upgrading it. In my case, I am running vCSA 126.96.36.19901 Build 1476389 and when I tried to update the vCSA to 188.8.131.5200 Build 1623101 (Update 1) – using the builtin update feature, I received the following error:
If you think your stuck, well your not! One way to get around this issue is to do the following.
- Download the update ISO file from the VMware.com web site.
- Connect the vCenter Server Appliance CD-ROM drive to the ISO file you downloaded.
- Open the management vCenter Virtual Appliance web interface on port https://fqdn:5480
- In the Update tab, click Settings.
- Under Update Repository, select Use CD-ROM Updates.
- Click Save Settings.
- Click Status.
- Under Actions, click Install Updates.
I also chatted with VMware support and they confirmed that this is an issue and that they are working on getting a fix out as soon as possible. I hope this quick post provides some guidance.
One last thing, ensure you have a backup of the appliance before the change.
Let me know on Twitter if you encountered this error and how you got through it. Thanks for reading!