VMware VirtualCenter 1.4.1 Patch 1

Released 16-Nov-2006

This document contains the following information:

Resolved Issues

VirtualCenter 1.4.1 Patch 1 (Build 33425) provides the following client-side enhancement:

  • Windows-based VirtualCenter Client and VirtualCenter Server hosts can now perform proper SSL server-certificate verification when establishing SSL connections.  Note that installing the updated software does not, by default, enable server-certificate verification.  For information about how to enable this new optional capability, see Knowledge Base (KB) article 4646606, "Enabling Server-Certificate Verification for Virtual Infrastructure Clients."


  • If you do not want to enable certificate authentication for VirtualCenter client hosts, including VirtualCenter Server host, you do not need to install this update.
  • This update includes changes to VirtualCenter 1.4.1 Server and VirtualCenter 1.4.1 Client software. If you upgrade a VirtualCenter Server host using this update, you must also upgrade all VMware VirtualCenter Client hosts. You can upgrade the Windows client hosts by downloading the software from an upgraded VirtualCenter Server host, or by selecting VirtualCenter Client from the VirtualCenter installation program.

Known Issues

Note these known issues and limitations of the update:

  • After applying this patch and enabling server-certificate verification (as described in KB article 4646606), be aware that in order to create VirtualCenter Server-hosted templates for ESX Server, GSX Server, or VMware Server hosts, you must use the primary IP address (rather than the fully-qualified domain name) of the managed host to avoid repository failures during template creation. This issue does not apply to templates stored on VMFS volumes.
  • This software update does not resolve the server-certificate verification issue for Remote Console clients (standalone GSX Server, ESX Server, and VMware Server clients).

Before You Begin

As with any upgrade or installation process, you should backup the VirtualCenter database prior to upgrading the VirtualCenter server. Although this update makes no VirtualCenter database schema changes, VMware recommends backing-up the VirtualCenter database prior to an upgrade.

Installing VirtualCenter Server 1.4.1 Patch 1

VirtualCenter software updates require full installation of the software. As with a fresh install, the VirtualCenter installation program examines the local system, identifies any existing VirtualCenter installation, and guides you through the installation (or upgrade) process.

If VirtualCenter components are already installed on the host machine, the installation program prompts for confirmation that you want to upgrade.

  1. Backup your VirtualCenter database (as recommended above).
  2. Download the software installation file.
  3. Run the executable.
  4. Select "Yes" to upgrade an existing Installation.
  5. Step through the VirtualCenter Installation Wizard, selecting your existing VirtualCenter database instance, and entering the VirtualCenter database schema username and password as required.
  6. After upgrading the VirtualCenter Server, connect to the server from each of the existing VirtualCenter clients to obtain the updated client software.

For complete information about installing or upgrading VirtualCenter, see Installing and Upgrading the VirtualCenter Product.

To enable SSL certificate client-side authentication, see the KB article 4646606, "Enabling Server-Certificate Verification for Virtual Infrastructure Clients."