Unable to connect to Virtual Centre Server using VClient v4

Hi,  This problem is partially of my own making but I am still stuck with no Virtual Centre, so if you can help I would be grateful.
I was trying to get the Webservice to start so I changed the access ports on VirtualCentre Server to what turned out to be a random number as it was only as clicked ok the I realised I had added an 8 to the 443 entry.  As I now cannot get a vc client to attach is there a way to change the port addresses in a conf file or something?  The VC Server service seems to start ok - alas the webservice also still does not start but I would like to get the VC Client working first...

Thanks in advance
EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAsked:
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coolsport00Commented:
Hmm...try to re-run the install and do a 'repair' to see if that helps. Let me know how it goes.

~coolsport00
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ashwin_kumar525Commented:
See if this helps.... look for this key in the registry

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware VirtualCenter" and the string value 'HttpsProxyPort'

Change it there to 443 and restart the Vcenter service.
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi
 I have changed the registry entry and restarted the server but that did not.

I do not have a repair option if I try the install - it offers uninstall - not good methinks?  
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coolsport00Commented:
Yeah, don't do an uninstall, though that wouldn't be a big deal really; we'll tackle that if need be. But, for now, go to Add/Remove programs to see if the 'Repair (Change)' option comes up there. It should.......let me know.

~coolsport00
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi, the change option shows in the add/remove programs but when it launches it gives the option of "modify linked mode configuration"  or "uninstall"  the virtualcentre service starts though so is it the server or is it something else?  I am unable to connect the client on the local machine or remotely.

Thanks
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coolsport00Commented:
OK; well, you're really down to having to remove/reinstall vCenter, which shouldn't hurt anything. Is your DB local or on a separate DB server via ODBC connection? What I recommend doing is using the vCenter Converter Standalone tool (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0) or Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html) to make a copy of your vCenter Server VM (I assume it's a VM?...even if it's a physical box, you can make it a VM). The copy is to 'test' with. Once you have a copy of your VM, boot it up and do an uninstall then reinstall of vCenter Server. Add any additional components you initially installed (Update Mgr, Converter, etc.). If your DB is ODBC connected, verify connectivity there; if it's local, your reinstall 'should' detect it. Test your connection after the install by trying to log into it. If it works, you can perform this on your original vCenter server. This may take a little while, but it's always better to play it safe.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Ok I'll give it a go and let you know - Thanks
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi, I don't know whether this has any relevance to my predicament, but, if I try to attach Veeam SCP to the VC server it gives a "failed to login by SOAP port 443 user admin, proxy srv:80  The target machine actively refused it x.x.x.x:443

How does it use 443 without a certificate?
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coolsport00Commented:
Hmm...that's right; 443 isn't accessible. Hmm...istead of trying to connect to your vCenter Server within Veeam, connect to the host it's on (your vCenter Server is a VM correct?). Then, add the host you want to copy it to. Then, try copying your VM over (don't create a job, but rather do the copy from host to host like you would in Windows).

~coolsport00
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Oh dear - As it uninstalls I get "fatal error during installation"  and the VirtualCenter server stays put.  Is there a way to force uninstall?
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coolsport00Commented:
As what uninstalls?
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
The Virtual Center server - it says it is uninstalling but then fails with the Fatal Error.
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coolsport00Commented:
Try the Windows Installer Cleanup Tool:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
and also this MS KB:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314481
to see if that helps.

~coolsport00
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi, I ran the cleanup and all seemed to be going well, until the installer asked for a JRE directory with java.exe in it...  I solved that as there is a jre in the convertor directory - then it looked like it was completing when it says "the wizard was interrupted before virtualcenter server could be completely installed"  and promptly does a rollback - so no virtualcenter server.  Any ideas before the abyss beckons...
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coolsport00Commented:
Well, for the time it has taken to do what we have done, we could've had you up & going with a newly built vCenter Server VM! :P  So, that is my recommendation. I *hope* you have a template of the VM OS handy??? If so, convert a VM from it, update it, then install vCenter. Then, connect your DB (ODBC connection) to it. I would also recommend contacting VMware Support at this point to verify things are messed up. vCenter is a pretty simple piece of software, but its functionality can be a bit intricate. Better to cover our bases here.

~coolsport00
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coolsport00Commented:
Oops, my apologies in my typo above. I meant to say "...to verify things are *not* messed up." :)
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EricIT Systems and Asset ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi Coolsport00
I started the rebuild, but I got a response from VMware support and they managed to start the GUI to change the bad port number - just for refernece the support guy used - "localost:portnumber" in the ipaddress/name field, this got round the fact that i managed to set it to the wrong port number.  So although you didn't fix my issue, I will award all the points as you have been most helpful and very informatiive.  Many thanks.
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coolsport00Commented:
Thanks! And I'm glad you didn't 'delete' this as I'm sure it will help someone else.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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