Sunday, October 07, 2012

Adding ESXi 5.1 to "5.1 vCenter Appliance" fail

Finally I found time to install vSphere 5.1 in my home lab. I have 5.0 environment running so I've bought another old DELL PE 2950 on czech "ebay like" system Aukro ( for just 6.500 CZK (approx. 330 USD) to leave my current lab untouched and try 5.1.

So, I upgraded BIOS and DRAC to latest firmwares and installed DELL version of ESXi 5.1 (embedded) on my DELL PE 2950. Then I installed vCenter appliance (OVF) on top of this new ESX.

I was able to add my old ESX5.0 to this new vCenter but not the new one.


Troubleshooting process ...

In vCenter event log I can see message: "A general system error occurred: Timed waiting for vpxa to start".

In /var/log/vpxa.log ...

2012-10-07T08:33:29.941Z [FFFE1B90 error 'SoapAdapter'] Unsupported namespace "urn:vpxa3" in content of SOAP body
--> while parsing SOAP body
--> at line 9, column 0
--> while parsing SOAP envelope
--> at line 2, column 0
--> while parsing HTTP request before method was determined
--> at line 1, column 0

So, what  versions am I running?

ESXi 5.1.0 (799733)
vCenter Appliance 5.0.0 (755629)

Oooops ... I believed I installed vCenter 5.1 because in my local install archive it is stored as

So the cause is clear ... bad installation image management cost me one hour of troubleshooting :-(

1 comment:

Chad Markley said...

Dude! I spent about 1:30 before I found your post. I hadn't realized when one of my guys said he installed 5 Update 1 he really meant he had installed 5.1. I was using the wrong version of vCenter.

But, your post saved me another hour of troubleshooting! Thanks :)