vCenter installation stuck on installing Orchestrator

I had a problem with installation of vSphere vCenter 5.1 U1 server on Windows 2008 R2 SP1. During installation process installer got stuck on Installing Orchestrator, I left it for about 3 hours and nothing had changed.

Installing orchestrator vCenter installer screen

Installing orchestrator vCenter installer screen

The workaround:
  • Open task manager
  • switch to processes and sort it by name
  • there should be two processes called vCenterOchestrator.exe *32
  • kill one of the processes and vCenter installation will proceed immediately.
Task manager window

Task manager window

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • clark

    Thank you! This works. I don’t know if it really matters, but the VMware KB article on this known bug says to end the one that says “LaunchAnywhere”. Here’s the KB article: