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OVF deployment fails after upgrading to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 U1 (2151085)

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  • This issue is seen after upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Update 1.  If you see this error on a previous version, see OVF deployment fails after upgrading to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (2148007).

  • OVF deployment fails after upgrading to vCSA,you see error similar to:

    This version of vCenter Server does not support Deploy OVF Template using this version of vSphere Web Client. To Deploy OVF Template, login with version of vSphere Web Client.

  • In the vSphere Client (HTML 5 client), the Deploy OVF template option is grayed out.

  • Running the service-control --status vmware-content-library command shows the Content Library service as not running.


The file is deployed with the noreplace option. With this option, the will no longer be overwritten, instead it is saved with the extension .rpmnew

This issue can happen for two reasons:
  • The file had parameters added by a user in the past.
  • During a major upgrade where a migration of the properties file is performed. A major upgrade path would be 6.0.x to 6.5.x to 6.5u1.


This is a known issue seen with several upgrade paths to vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Not all upgrade paths are affected, VMware is investigating affected paths this article will be updated once confirmed.

Currently, there is no resolution.

To work around this issue:

  1. Connect to the vCenter Server Appliance with an SSH session and root credentials.

  2. Run this command to enable access the Bash shell:

    shell.set --enabled true

  3. Type shell and press Enter.

  4. Navigate to /etc/vmware-content-library/config/ with this command:

    cd /etc/vmware-content-library/config/

  5. Create a backup of the and file with these commands:



  6. Rename to


  7. Restart the Content Library service:

    service-control --stop vmware-content-library;service-control --start vmware-content-library

  8. Refresh the vSphere Web Client browser Window.

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