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vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Panic: Not Reached (2033163)

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  • vCenter Server starts, but the service fails almost immediately.
  • In the vpxd.log file, you see entries similar to:

    <YYYY-MM-DD>T<TIME>.236Z [07844 panic 'Default' opID=task-117493-81bb3a7f-a8] Duplicate key '' in linkable referenced by field target (wsdl name target)

    <YYYY-MM-DD>T<TIME>.154Z [07844 info 'Default' opID=task-117493-81bb3a7f-a8] CoreDump: Writing minidump

    <YYYY-MM-DD>T<TIME>.951Z [07844 panic 'Default' opID=task-117493-81bb3a7f-a8]
--> Panic: Not Reached: @ d:/build/ob/bora-623373/bora/vim/lib/vmomi/link.cpp:105


This is a known issue affecting vCenter Server 5.0,

Currently, there is no resolution.
To work around this issue:
  1. Open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to the location of the vCenter Server configuration data:

    Windows Server 2008 – C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
    Windows Server 2003 – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\VMware\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter

  2. Take a backup of the vpxd.cfg file.
  3. Open the vpxd.cfg file using a text editor.
  4. Add this entry within the <vmomi> and </vmomi> tags:


  5. Add these entries within the <vpxd> and </vpxd> tags.


    • The <vmomi> and </vmomi> tags must be located before the <vpxd> and </vpxd> tags.
    • If the <vmomi> and </vmomi> tags do not exist, add them before the <vpxd> and </vpxd> tags.

      Sample vpxd.cfg file with fields added:


  6. Restart vCenter Server services.

Note: If you need assistance in making these configuration changes, contact VMware Technical Support.

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