for all you VMware fans out there, and a Cautionary Tale! (why not to use vCenter Server for Windows), and keep continually upgrading as each version of vCenter Server comes out, at a client site, where they've been using Windows Server 2012 to Host vCenter Server, and have resisted heavily to use VCSA. (Linux Appliance). They upgraded from 5.0 to 5.5, and then 5.5 to 6.0 (which caused many days of issues).

Now just trying to upgrade from 6.0e to 6.0h, has caused VMware Support a headache, trying to get this to go... and it's now been over 1 week, trying to get this to function!!!!
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by:Bill Herde
Agreed with the warning.  When I upgraded from 5.5 to 6.0, it pretty much broke everything in vcenter and resulted in a clean rebuild from scratch.  Fortunately my network is very small and it made more sense to start over than to keep beating on the broken bits.  Moving to vcenter appliance is not an option for us since we run SRM which requires 4 windows instances to run a two site system.  Upgrade to 6.5 went a little better, but was still not as clean as expected. (all the Dell openmanage stuff cratered) The windows version is FRAGILE!  Backups and snapshots are your best friend.  And when the VMware guy on the phone wants to start digging in your postgress database, make sure you take fresh snapshots.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
1 week has past, and still no fix!
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by:Bill Courtney
I'm sorry that you yourself are having problem. But as far as feeling bad for vmWare, I can't decide if my empathy level is a negative or imaginary number. Let's call it -i. Their attempt at solving a non-existant problem by forcing customers to use a web-based client cost everyone countless hours and obscene amounts of money. And lest us not ignore the frustration and pissed-offness they have caused everyone (including yours truly). Knowing they are suffering in any way from their stupidity makes my darkened heart temporarily become a shade or two brighter.

As always - mahalo for all the guidance you have provided me personally.

Bill
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
Hi Andrew,
Thanks for sharing it here, let us know how it is resolved when you got the chance.
hopefully, all is well for you.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
Finally FIXED!

It would appear, the Installer does not modify the server.xml file, which needed to be manually fettled, for the upgrade to work!!!

No Kb about this anywhere!
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