Changing the Windows vCenter Server 4.x and 5.0 hostname
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Changing the Windows vCenter Server 4.x and 5.0 hostname


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VMware vCenter Server


Changing the Widnows vCenter Server 4.x and 5.0 hostname

vCenter 4.x and 5.0 service fails to start after changing the FQDN/hostname.


VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x
VMware vCenter Server 4.1.x
VMware vCenter Server 4.0.x


VMware does not support changing hostname for vCenter Server. If the vCenter Server name has changed refer one of the following steps to fix the issue.
  • Revert to a snapshot or backup prior to the IP address or hostname change. For more information, see Working with snapshots (1009402).
  • Redeploy vCenter using existing SQL or Orcale database to maintain the vCenter inventory information.
Refer to the following step for how to rename the vCenter Server name.

Changing the host name of a Windows vCenter Server invalidates the SSL certificates that are used to encrypt session information. vCenter Server will fail to start if the certificates are invalid. Reinstalling vCenter Server will reuse the old certificates if the file directories are still present after uninstalling vCenter Server.
To change the hostname of the vCenter Server:
  1. Change the name of the vCenter Server host.
  2. Stop the VMware vCenter Server services.
  3. In Windows 2003 and later, delete certificates in the directories listed below
    For Windows 2003, the locations are typically:
    <C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL>
    <C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\Infrastructure\Inventory>

    For Windows 2008, the locations are typically:
    <C:\Program Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL>
    <C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Inventory Service\SSL>
  4. Uninstall vCenter Server.
  5. Restart the system.
  6. Reinstall vCenter Server.
    Note: During installation choose the option use existing database to retain the old vCenter information.

Additional Information

For other versions of vCenter Server see: VMware VirtualCenter Server service not starting after hostname change
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