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JDK 1.8 Update 141 and 144 fails to make an SSO connection to the vSphere Management and the vSphere Automation API (2151706)

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Symptoms

After the SSO connection fails, you can see this errors in the VPXD log:

ERROR task-internal... vim.SessionManager.loginByToken: vim.fault.InvalidLogin:
--> Result:
--> (vim.fault.InvalidLogin) {
--> faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
--> msg = ""
--> }

Resolution

To work around this issue, downgrade the JDK. However, most customers consider that not only an inconvenience but also a security issue.

To work around this issue for vSphere Management API (not vSphere Automation), use of the --basic-connection option to disable SSO.
 
For example: run.bat com.vmware.general.SimpleClient --url https://vCenterIP/sdk --username user --password pass --ignorecert --basic-connection
 
This workaround actually uses username/password authentication instead of SSO.

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