So, I upgraded BIOS and DRAC to latest firmwares and installed DELL version of ESXi 5.1 (embedded) on my DELL PE 2950. Then I installed vCenter appliance (OVF) on top of this new ESX.
I was able to add my old ESX5.0 to this new vCenter but not the new one.
Troubleshooting process ...
In vCenter event log I can see message: "A general system error occurred: Timed waiting for vpxa to start".
In /var/log/vpxa.log ...
2012-10-07T08:33:29.941Z [FFFE1B90 error 'SoapAdapter'] Unsupported namespace "urn:vpxa3" in content of SOAP body
--> while parsing SOAP body
--> at line 9, column 0
--> while parsing SOAP envelope
--> at line 2, column 0
--> while parsing HTTP request before method was determined
--> at line 1, column 0
So, what versions am I running?
ESXi 5.1.0 (799733)
vCenter Appliance 5.0.0 (755629)
Oooops ... I believed I installed vCenter 5.1 because in my local install archive it is stored as
So the cause is clear ... bad installation image management cost me one hour of troubleshooting :-(