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Changing the vCenter Update Manager IP address and preserving the Update Manager setup (1013222)

Details

For a variety of reasons, you might need to change the IP address of your Update Manager system. The article is intended for users whose Update Manager and vCenter Server instances are running on different machines, and describes how to change the Update Manager IP address. This document does not deal with changing the vCenter Server IP address.

Editing the Update Manager configuration files or the registry is not sufficient to update the Update Manager IP address.

Solution

To change the Update Manager IP address you can run the Update Manager installer again and use the Repair option. If the Update Manager version you use does not have the Repair option, you cannot change the Update Manager IP address by using the installer. 

Note: This procedure does not change the IP address of vCenter Server. Do not use the procedure when Update Manager and vCenter Server are running on the same machine.

To change the Update Manager IP address by using a command-line utility, use the following instructions.

  1. Log in to the machine on which Update Manager is installed.
  1. In Windows Explorer navigate to the Update Manager installation folder.
  • The default path in 32-bit Windows is C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager
  • The default path in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager
  1. Edit extension.xml in any text editor to find and replace each instance of the old Update Manager IP address with the new IP address.
  1. Save and close the file.
  1. Open a command prompt (run as administrator).
  1. Navigate to the Update Manager installation folder.
  • The default path in 32-bit Windows is C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager
  • The default path in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager
  1. Run the following command for the changes to take effect:

    vciInstallUtils.exe --vc <vc_ip> --port <vc_http_port> -U <user_name> -P <password> -S extension.xml -C . -L . -O extupdate

    Note: In this command, the -O switch is the letter O, not the number 0.

Here <vc_ip> and <vc_http_port> are the vCenter Server system IP address and port number, while <user_name> and <password> are the user name and password for your vCenter Server system. The vCenter Server system port number you enter refers to the HTTP port for vCenter Server (by default, the HTTP port is 80), and not to the HTTPS port (by default, the HTTPS port is 443).

  1. If the Update Manager database is on the same machine as Update Manager, use ODBC Data Source Administrator to verify that the DSN is updated. 

Update History

04/29/2013 - Updated Product Versions for 5.0 and 5.1

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