Modifying vCenter properties for an in-house (dark site) HTTP server

You must modify the vSphere Web Client properties file if you intend to customize a URL for an in-house (dark site) HTTP server during vCenter Plug-in registration.

Before you begin

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Steps

  1. Follow the appropriate procedure for your installation to modify the webclient.properties file to allow vCenter to download from an HTTP server:
    Option Description
    vCSA
    1. SSH into the vCenter Server:
      Connected to service
       
          * List APIs: "help api list"
          * List Plugins: "help pi list"
          * Launch BASH: "shell"
       
      Command>
      
    2. Enter shell in the command prompt to access root:
      Command> shell
      Shell access is granted to root
      
    3. Stop the VMware vSphere Web Client service:
      service-control --stop vsphere-client
      service-control --stop vsphere-ui
      
    4. Change the directory:
      cd /etc/vmware/vsphere-client
      
    5. Edit the webclient.properties file and add allowHttp=true.
    6. Change the directory:
      cd /etc/vmware/vsphere-ui
      
    7. Edit the webclient.properties file and add allowHttp=true.
    8. Start the VMware vSphere Web Client service:
      service-control --start vsphere-client
      service-control --start vsphere-ui
      
    Windows
    1. Change the directory from a command prompt:
      cd c:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin
      
    2. Stop the VMware vSphere Web Client service:
      service-control --stop vsphere-client
      service-control --stop vsphere-ui
      
    3. Change the directory:
      cd c:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-client
      
    4. Edit the webclient.properties file and add allowHttp=true.
    5. Change the directory:
      cd  c:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-ui
      
    6. Edit the webclient.properties file and add allowHttp=true.
    7. Change the directory from a command prompt:
      cd c:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin
      
    8. Start the VMware vSphere Web Client service:
      service-control --start vsphere-client
      service-control --start vsphere-ui
      
    Note: After you have completed the registration procedure, you can remove allowHttp=true from the files you modified.
  2. Reboot vCenter.