Error updating your vCSA

Error updating your vCSA


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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 5.5.0.5201 Build 1476389 and when I tried to update the vCSA to 5.5.0.10000 Build 1623101 (Update 1) – using the builtin update feature, I received the following error:

vCenter Appliance (vCSA)

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!