How to remove orphaned vCenter Plugin

How-to remove unwanted plugin from vCenter. If you got stuck with a plugin installed in vCenter and can’t uninstall, there is a quick tutorial on how to do this. Sometimes you got stuck when testing beta products or RC versions, and your vCenter shows those broken plugins. Those third party tools leave a “mess” behind when you just delete them. You basically don’t have a way to uninstall those plugins from Add/remove programs. So,How to remove orphaned vCenter Plugin from the Available Plug-ins list.

You’ll face this error message:

Center {Plugin Name} Disabled {Plugin Name} vCenter plugin The following error occurred while downloading the script plugin from https:///vmware/Plugin-NamePlugin.xml:Invalid URI: The host name could not be parsed.

Here are the steps on How to remove unwanted vCenter plugin:

01. Start your web browser, go to http://vcenter server name or IP/mob

02. Click Content > Click ExtensionManager > Select and copy the name of the plug-in you want to remove from the list of values under Properties.

03. Click UnregisterExtension. (Will appear in new window – in pop-up).

04. Go and paste the name of the plug-in and click Invoke Method to remove the plugin. Close the window. Then, refresh the Managed Object Type:ManagedObjectReference:ExtensionManager window to verify if the plug-in was removed .

You might have to restart your vCenter service afterwards to accomplish the changes.

How-to unregister unwanted vCenter Plugin


Source: VMware KB 1025360Removing unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server and VMware communities thread

Update: I thought that it would also help to have all the vSphere extensions as a list. It also comes from the excellent KB article I’m refering to, but I prefer having this bookmarked in this post as well.

vSphere Extensions List

Extension NameService Description
com.vmware.vim.eamvSphere ESX Agent Manager
com.vmware.vim.inventoryservicevCenter Inventory Service
com.vmware.vim.lsLicensing Services
com.vmware.vim.smsVMware vCenter Storage Monitoring Service
com.vmware.vim.spsVMware vSphere Profile-drive Storage Service
com.vmware.vim.stats.reportPerformance charts built-in extension
com.vmware.vim.stats.vsmService Manager
cim-uivCenter Hardware Status
health-uivCenter Service Status
hostdiagInternal extension to declare diagnostic events from VMware Host systems
VirtualCenterVirtualCenter dynamic events and tasks
com.vmware.orchestratorVMware vCenter vCO plugin
com.vmware.rbdAuto Deploy
com.vmware.syslogVMware Syslog Collector Configuration
com.vmware.vcDrVMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Extension
com.vmware.vcHmsvSphere Replication Management (VRM)
com.vmware.vcIntegrityVMware vSphere Update Manager Extension
com.vmware.vShieldManagervShield Manager
vCloud Director-1vCloud Director
com.vmware.vcopsvCenter Operations Manager
com.vmware.vadmVMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
com.vmware.vdpvSphere Data Protection 5.1
com.vmware.vdp2vSphere Data Protection 5.5

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