Upgrade the vSphere Client Plug-Ins on vCenter Server for Windows

If you have previous installations of the vSphere Client plug-ins for vSphere Integrated Containers, you must upgrade them. This procedure describes how to upgrade existing plug-ins for a vCenter Server running on Windows.


  • You are upgrading the plug-ins 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 the vSphere Integrated Containers plug-ins with vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2.x. For information about installing the plug-ins for the first time, see Install the Client Plug-Ins on vCenter Server for Windows.
  • You upgraded an existing vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3.x appliance to a newer 1.3.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.

    IMPORTANT: The upgrade script does not function if you have set the VIC_MACHINE_THUMBPRINT environment variable on the system on which you run the script. Delete the VIC_MACHINE_THUMBPRINT environment variable before running the script.

  • Go to http://upgraded_vic_appliance_address in a Web browser, download the new version of the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine bundle and unpack it on the Desktop.
  • Obtain the vCenter Server certificate thumbprint. For information about how to obtain and verify the certificate thumbprint, see Obtain vSphere Certificate Thumbprints.


  1. Run the upgrade script and follow the prompts.
    1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.
    2. Enter the user name and password for the vCenter Server administrator account.
    3. Enter yes if the vCenter Server certificate thumbprint is legitimate, and wait for the install process to finish.
  2. When the upgrade finishes, stop and restart the vSphere Client services.

    NOTE: The Flex-based plug-in has no new features in this release. However, the upgrade script updates the metadata for the Flex-based client. Consequently, you must restart both of the HTML5 and Flex-based clients.

    • HTML5 vSphere Client:
      service-control --stop vsphere-ui
      service-control --start vsphere-ui
    • Flex-based vSphere Web Client:
      service-control --stop vsphere-client
      service-control --start vsphere-client

What to Do Next

Log in to the HTML5 vSphere Client, go to the vSphere Integrated Containers view, and verify that the version number reflects the upgrade.

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