Remove dangling plug-in from vCenter Server

After completing our upgrade to vSphere’s version of vCenter Server, there were a few incompatible plugins left from our VI3 install.  Most of these were easy to remedy – especially the VMware provided add-on products like Converter and Update Manager which were on the same DVD media as vCenter Server.  But, if you have any third-party add-ins for vCenter, you may be left in a simliar situation to us.

We have tested many management products for ESX on our quest for the most appropriate product for our environment.  One of those products offered integration of their tool into vCenter by using a plugin.  Unfortunately, the plug-in didn’t have a nice uninstaller like the VMware provided plugins.  We were left with a nice red caution sign with an exclamation point.


After searching a bit, I came across this thread with a helpful solution –  Thanks to user virtualchic for the solution…

  1. In a web browser, navigate to http://<>/mob
  2. Click on “content”
  3. Click on “ExtensionManager”
  4. Select and copy the name of the plugin you want to remove from the list of values located under Properties.
  5. Click the UnregisterExtension option and a new window will appear.
  6. Paste in the name of the plug and click “Invoke Method” to remove the plugin.
  7. Close the pop-up window.
  8. Refresh the “Managed Object Type: ManagedObjectReference:ExtensionManager” window and the plugin should be removed from the list.

This successfully cleans up the list of plugins, however, I’m not sure if it completely cleans up the plugin or just removes it from view…

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Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He's a part-time blogger and author here at

4 Responses to “Remove dangling plug-in from vCenter Server”

  1. hamid Bozorgi #

    So good! Thanks.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:25 am Reply
  2. Javier Roldán #

    Great! It works like a charm! Thank you very much

    August 12, 2011 at 5:20 am Reply
  3. Will #

    Superb post, did just the trick thanks.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply
  4. NotRequired #

    Work perfect to remove dell manageplugin thanks for the info!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:27 am Reply

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