Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Windows XP: Error parsing the server "IP" "clients.xml" file

I'm running Windows XP and using vSphere for about half a year. After update installation for my Windows XP, got the following error when log in to the vSphere by the client:
Error parsing the server "SERVER IP" "clients.xml" file. Login will continue, contact your system administrator.

I pressed OK and got another error:
The type initializer for "VirtualInfrastructure.Utils.HttpWebRequestProxy" threw an exception

I've googled for the error message and found a lot of articles about the error on Windows 7.
Finally, I've found the solution on the support vmware site for Windows XP and others :)

You cannot use vSphere Clients prior to the Update 1 release, to access the vCenter Server or ESX hosts because of a Microsoft update that targets the .NET Framework (980773), released on June 9th 2010

Perform one of these two options to correct the issue:
  1. Download and install vSphere Client 4.0 Update 1 (build 208111) or Update 2 (build 258672) using method.
  2. Remove the MS update from your Windows operating system. The vSphere Client works after the update is removed.

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