How to offline Patch VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

Due to most recenty VMware released two vulnerabilities in vCenter Server as well as VMware ESXi hypervisor, we received a lot of customer request us to perform vCenter and Hypervisor patching.

Below are the table show fixed vCenter version

Affected Product VersionFixed Version
vCenter Server 6.56.5 U3n
vCenter Server 6.76.7 U3l
vCenter Server 7.07.0 U1c

Here i going to write the simple vCenter patching tutorial to demonstrate the steps.

Download vCenter Server Patch

Download the Patched from VMware product patches page –

After that, upload it to a local or shared datastore.

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Failed to login vCenter Management interface -“Exception in invoking authentication handler User password expired”

I failed to login to vCenter Server Appliance Management interface (VAMI), and received following error message (Exception in invoking authentication handler User password expired.)

Root caused: root password for VAMI is expired.


Access VAMI via ssh, and change the root password.


  1. SSH VAMI with existing root password and enter shell command to launch BASH shell

2. Check root user password status

3. Change root password

Now you should able to access Management Interface (VAMI)

(https://<VC FQDN>:5480)

NSX Edge – Troubleshoot IPSec VPN issue with CLI

To troubleshoot any VPN issues, you should have knowledge of how to configure a VPN service so that you can verify whether is it related to misconfiguration or information not match.

There are few useful command can be used to troubleshoot IPSec VPN issue. To run those troubleshooting, first thing u must able enable SSH in your NSX Edge and access it via SSH.

To view full list of commands for ipsec, run command:

show service ipsec ? 

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