Removing unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server

Symptoms

  • Unable to remove plug-ins from the vSphere Client.
  • You see the error:

    vCenter {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.

  • Even though you uninstalled plug-ins from the Windows machine on which vCenter Server is running, you still see them in Plug-in Manager in the vSphere Client.

Purpose

When using third party management products for vCenter Server, these plug-ins appear in the Available Plug-ins list. Some of these products may not have an uninstaller to remove the entry under Available Plug-ins.
 
This article provides the steps to remove the unwanted plug-ins from the Available Plug-ins list.

Resolution

Note: If you have vCenter Server in linked mode, perform this procedure on vCenter Server that was used to install the plugin initially, then restart the vCenter Server services on linked vCenter Server.
 
To remove the unwanted plug-ins from the Available Plug-ins list:
  1. In a web browser, navigate to http://vcenter server name or IP/mob.

    Where vcenter server name or IP is the name of your vCenter Server or its IP address.

  2. Click Content.
  3. Click ExtensionManager.
  4. Select and copy the name of the plug-in you want to remove from the list of values under Properties. For a list of default plug-ins, see the Additional Information section of this article.
  5. Click UnregisterExtension. A new window appears.
  6. Paste the name of the plug-in and click Invoke Method. This removes the plug-in.
  7. Close the window.
  8. Refresh the Managed Object Type:ManagedObjectReference:ExtensionManager window to verify if the plug-in is removed successfully.

Note: If the plugin continues to appear, you may have to restart the vSphere Client.

Remove unwanted vCenter Plug-ins

 

2. Under properties click on the content link

 

Remove unwanted vCenter Plug-ins

 

3. Now click on ExtensionManager

 

Remove unwanted vCenter Plug-ins

 

 

 

4. Take note of the extension (which is actually the plug-in) that you wish to remove. You will need to copy the name including the quotation marks. In this example I wish to remove “com.netapp.nvpf”. Click UnregisterExtension

 

Remove unwanted vCenter Plug-ins

 

5.As you can see the extension or plug-in has now been removed

 

Remove unwanted vCenter Plug-ins

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