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When trying to upgrade VCTR from esxi 5.1 to ESxi 6, get an error about the certificates.

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We are trying to upgrade the VCTR from 5.1 to 6 and when the upgrade runs it gives us the following error:

The vcenter server 5.1 ssl certificate and the single sign on certificate are not compatible

I did not ever install any certificate on the 5.1 so I guess it is the generic that is there. So how can I get around this so I can do the upgrade?
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The following VMware KB article shows all the possible workarounds: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2110943

Anyway, depending of how complex is your environment, you may try do a clean vCenter Server 6 installation and move the hosts from your old vCenter to the new one.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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I would recommend you either

1. Install a new vCenter Server 6.0 for Windows.

2. Better option, Install the vCenter Server Appliance. Much better option.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (VCSA 6.0)

vCenter Server upgrades often fail.
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build new vctr
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