Remove vCenter Orchestrator Plugin

It is really easy to install a vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin but not as easy to uninstall a plugin since you can’t do it from the use interface (UI) where you install and manage your plug-ins.
However, uninstalling a vCO plugin is not something i have to do on a daily basis but it happened last week. My customer installed the plugin we were suppose to use for the vCO-IPAM integration (Infoblox) but it turned out it was a “bad version”.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.31.30

The rest of the post will explain the steps i took when removing the bad Infoblox plugin from my vCO 5.5 appliance.

  1. Log in to the appliance using SSH
  2. Go to the directory, “/usr/lib/vco/app-server/plugins”, where the plugin file, “o11nplugin-ipam.dar”,  is located and deleted it using the rm command:Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.08.29
  3. Restart both the vCO service and vCO configuration server via the Startup option in the vCO configuration UI (https://vCO-appliance-fqdn:8283). In my case https://vco01.vcdx56.com:8283.Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.07.36
  4. Log in with the vCO client and go to the “Package” view.
  5. Right click the com.infoblox.ipam package and select “Delete element with content”.
    Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.06.27
  6. Repete the restart steps described in paragraph 3.
  7. Now when the old plugin is gone i uploaded and installed the correct plugin version like we normally do when installing a vCO plugin.
    Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.13.08

VMware has a KB article describing a general delete vCO plugin procedure which also covers the Windows based vCO version. You can find the KB here.

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