Unable to Connect to the vCenter Inventory Service

My vCenter Web client popped up an error that said “Unable to connect to the vcenter inventory service : https://ip:10443


Remember, in vCenter 5.0, the inventory service is running as a separate service and not as part of the vcenter service. The inventory service works for the web client. It manages the web client inventory objects and property queries that the web client requests when a user is browsing it. The web client runs efficiently by only requesting queries that the user is seeing on their screen – this enhances user experience and navigation.

In vCenter 5.1 – the inventory service is a completely separate component than the vcenter and can be installed on a separate box itself.

In my case, as expected, the service was off and I started the service on the vcenter server. The issue was resolved.

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