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vCenter Server Search function does not work (1024493)

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  • vCenter Server search function does not work
  • vCenter Server search results appear blank, as if the search never completed
  • This issue occurs when vSphere Client 4.1 is used to access vCenter Server 4.0
  • You see this error in the vSphere Client log:

    [ :Error :P: 3] 2010-07-15 09:08:04.563 System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: 'VMware.VimServices.SearchInstance VMware.VimServices.Search.ResultsPage.get_Search()'.



This issue can occur if you try to connect to a mix of vCenter Server 4.0 and 4.1 from one machine but do not have both vSphere Client versions installed on the machine.
However, simply installing each Client version in different folders does not work. When you install the first Client you are asked where you want to install it. When you install the second Client, you are not asked for a location. Instead, the installer sees that you have already installed a Client and automatically tries and install the second client in the same directory.
To install vSphere Client 4.0 and 4.1 in separate directories:
  1. Install vSphere Client 4.0 in C:\Client4.0.
  2. Copy C:\Client4.0 to an external drive (such as a share or USB).
  3. Uninstall vSphere Client 4.0. Do not skip this step.
  4. Install vSphere Client 4.1 in C:\Client4.1.
  5. Copy the 4.0 Client folder from the external drive to the machine.
  6. Run the vpxClient.exe from the vSphere Client folder.

    Note: To access a 4.0 vSphere Client, run the file from the client4.0 folder. To access a 4.1 vSphere Client, run the file from the client4.1 folder.

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