vCenter Appliance could not configure embedded DB – Wrong Time Oops !!

As part of my new role, I am in involved in lot of R&D activity. Now I thought of spinning up my own Lab and start playing with the integration of vCloud Suite.

I am too lazy to create a separate DB and vCenter to get started, so I thought I would spin up a vCenter Appliance instead to get started. Well, after I deploy it, I have started the default launch wizard to make it ready with the default embedded database. However I was caught into the problem as below:

Configuring Database:

Failed to execute ‘/usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg db write embedded
VC_CFG_RESULT=411 (Error: Invalid system time. Please fix the time)

Well, for one moment, I thought it must be something to do with the vCenter System Timezone. However I checked the Timezone in the vCenter and it was indeed correctly configured. I started it again just to see if that resolves it. It was my bad that it was still at the same screen.

Now I thought to check the System Time and see if that is correctly configured. I did not know that my time went into a year past #sigh. So, my ESXi Server was running in past time and I did not notice it.

Now I have immediately fixed it and synced it with our NTP source. Now again I started the launch wizard in vCenter Appliance and now it went through smoothly without any disruption.


About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Member of the CTO Ambassador Program & Staff Solutions Architect at VMware and part of Global Center of Excellence Team. He has also worked in vCloud Air R&D Team. He has an extensive background in designing and implementing cloud solutions. He holds several certifications including VCP3/4/5, VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DCD, VCAP-CIA, VCIX-NV. He has been awarded the VMware vExpert award 4 years running. He is also the author of the blog and Author of 4 books including one as Amazon Best Seller. He is also part of many inventions and research papers and have 1 Issued Patent & 11 other patents pending in his name.

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