Cannot install the vCenter Server agent(HA) service. Unknown installer error (UPDATE)

Almost two years ago I wrote a blogpost about a failure during installing the vCenter Server agent(HA) service. This post is one of most read articles on my blog. You can find the orginal post here. Recently, I ran into this problem again. This time I could not solve the problem using my earlier post.

I have found a workaround to this problem that is easy to implement and works well. I have been able to use it successfully several times recently.

  • Put the ESXi host in Maintenance Mode
  • SSH to the ESXi host
  • esxcli software vib remove -n vmware-fdm (no reboot needed)
  • Wait a few minutes and the result should like this:

Removal Result
  
Message: Operation finished successfully.
   Reboot Required: false
   VIBs Installed:
   VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_vmware-fdm_7.0.3-19193900
   VIBs Skipped:

  • Check if the vCenter Server agent is removed
  • esxcli software vib list | grep fdm (result should be empty)
  • Exit Maintenance Mode, HA agent will be installed
  • Check if the vCenter Server agent is installed
  • esxcli software vib list | grep fdm (result should be like this:
    vmware-fdm 7.0.3-19193900 VMware VMwareCertified 2022-10-12
  • Done

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