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VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices fail to start after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 (2016257)

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  • The VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices fail to start after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1.
  • The Tomcat Catalina logs (located in C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\tomcat\logs) contain entries similar to:

    org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap initClassLoaders
    SEVERE: Class loader creation threw exception
    java.lang.NoSuchFieldError: threadAllocatedMemorySupport
    at Method)
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.createClassLoader(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.initClassLoaders(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.init(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(


This issue occurs if the Java Run-time Environment is corrupted during the upgrade process.
To work around this issue, perform one of these options:
  • Overwrite C:\Program Folder\vmware\infrastructure\JRE with a fresh copy of vCenter Server.
  • Perform a fresh installation of vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1.

    Notes: Before performing a fresh install:
    • Rename C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure. This allows performance charts and other services that utilize Tomcat to work.
    • Remove or rename the existing C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\tomcat folder.

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