Upgrade the HTML5 vSphere Client Plug-In on vCenter Server for Windows

If you have a previous 1.1.x installation of the HTML5 vSphere Client plug-in for vSphere Integrated Containers and you download a newer 1.1.y version of vSphere Integrated Containers, you must upgrade the HTML5 plug-in. This procedure describes how to upgrade an existing HTML5 plug-in for vCenter Server on Windows.

NOTE: No new development work is planned for the plug-in for the Flex-based vSphere Web Client. In this and future releases, only the HTML5 vSphere Client will be updated. This release adds no new features to the Flex plug-in. If you installed the Flex plug-in with a previous release of vSphere Integrated Containers, there is no upgrade to perform.


  • You are upgrading the HTML5 plug-in on a vCenter Server instance that runs on Windows. If you are running a vCenter Server appliance instance, see Upgrade the HTML5 vSphere Client Plug-In on a vCenter Server Appliance.
  • You deployed an older version of the vSphere Integrated Containers plug-in for the HTML5 vSphere Client with a previous version of vSphere Integrated Containers 1.1.x. For information about installing the HTML5 plug-in for the first time, see Install the Client Plug-Ins on vCenter Server for Windows.
  • You upgraded an existing vSphere Integrated Containers 1.1.x appliance to a newer 1.1.y version. For information about upgrading the vSphere Integrated Containers appliance, see Upgrade the vSphere Integrated Containers Appliance.
  • Log in to the Windows system on which vCenter Server is running. You must perform all of the steps in this procedure on this Windows system.
  • Go to https://upgraded_vic_appliance_address:9443 in a Web browser, download the new version of the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine package, vic_1.1.y.tar.gz, and unpack it on the Desktop.

NOTE: If the upgraded vSphere Integrated Containers appliance uses a different port for the file server, replace 9443 with the appropriate port in the prerequisites above and in the procedure below.


  1. Open a command prompt as Administrator and run the following command to obtain the SHA-1 thumprint of the file server that is running in the upgraded vSphere Integrated Containers appliance.
    echo | "%VMWARE_OPENSSL_BIN%" s_client -connect upgraded_vic_appliance_address:9443 | "%VMWARE_OPENSSL_BIN%" x509 -fingerprint -sha1 -noout
  2. Open the new version of the \vic\ui\vCenterForWindows\configs file in a text editor.
    notepad %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\vic\ui\vCenterForWindows\configs
  3. Enter the IPv4 address or FQDN of the vCenter Server instance on which to upgrade the plug-in.
    SET target_vcenter_ip=vcenter_server_address
  4. Enter the URL of the file server in the upgraded vSphere Integrated Containers appliance.
    SET vic_ui_host_url=https://upgraded_vic_appliance_address:9443/
  5. Copy the SHA-1 thumbprint of the file server that you obtained in step 1 and paste it into the configs file.
    SET vic_ui_host_thumbprint=thumbprint
    NOTE: Use colon delimitation in the thumbprint. Do not use space delimitation.
  6. Save the configs file.
  7. Run the upgrade script, entering the user name and password for the vCenter Server administrator account when prompted.
  8. When the upgrade finishes, stop and restart the HTML5 vSphere Client service.
    "C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin\service-control" --stop vsphere-ui
    "C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin\service-control" --start vsphere-ui

What to Do Next

Log in to the vSphere Client, go to the vSphere Integrated Containers view, and verify that the version number reflects the upgrade.

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