Upgrade vCenter Agent task in progress – vCenter 5.0 Update1


There is a common issue in vsphere 5.0 update1 stating “Upgrade vCenter Agents on cluster hosts is IN Progress” without any status change even after few days. Even after the Management agent, host and vCenter server restart status remain the same.

The issue is related to AgentUpgrade.autoUpgradeAgents parameter which is set to False by default and vCenter keeps trying to upgrade the VPXA agent on the hosts.

Changing “AgentUpgrade.autoUpgradeAgents = True ” and restarting the vCenter server or vCenter services would fix the problem and status would be showing normal.

To Change the settings

  1. Login to vCenter server
  2. Click Administration > vCenter Server Setting > Advanced Settings
  3. Change AgentUpgrade.autoUpgradeAgents to “True”
  4. Restart vCenter services/vCenter server

About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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