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Vmware VCenter esx 5.1 installation assistance

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Hi folks! Recently an upgrade of the Vcenter server from 5.0 to 5.1 failed, and after some advice here, burning it down and reinstalling is the path I am taking. My hosts are on two ESXi servers and I can connect to them fine with the vSphere client, so I am looking for a basic "how-to" on installing Vcenter after it breaks during upgrade and connecting my existing hosts that were previously managed by this server with the same name and IP.  Mainly just the steps that allow me to populate my existing inventory into vcenter once the re-install is complete.  TIA!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Firstly, logon to each ESXi server, and Select Disassociate from vCenter, this is available on the First Summary Page, Bottom Right. This will not affect any VMs or running VMs.

I would then uninstall the existing version of vCenter Server, SSO and Inventory.

follow fellow vExpert Derek Seaman's Blog here, Parts 1-15 to install vCenter 5.1

http://www.derekseaman.com/vsphere-5-1-resources
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Thanks hanccocka! Exactly what I was needing.
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