11 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2019 7:30 AM by vsezde

    The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server

    quick_learner Novice

      Hi there,

       

      well i did that, empyted the TEMP folder, and deleted all other left entry from vmware and checked the date on my pc but still the same problem.

       

       

       

      Funny enough, i have installed the same vmware workstation on other pc (just to test)

      and was fine and im using it, but here it just won't install.

       

       

       

      Maybe a previous version left something and i can't install another now, like blacklisted my pc!!

       

       

       

      any help here please???

       

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
          continuum Guru
          User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

          Open a cmd - type "openssl.exe"

          When you get anything different then "file not found" do this:

          locate the file openssl.exe - it is somewhere in your path - and rename it to openssl.exe-org

          Run setup again  - when finished - rename openssl.exe-org back to openssl.exe

           

           

           

           

          ___________________________________

           

          description of vmx-parameters: http://sanbarrow.com/vmx.html

          VMware-liveCD: http://sanbarrow.com/moa.html

          • 2. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
            quick_learner Novice

             

            Thank you very much for the reply.

             

             

            Well, i tried to try that before and again i couldn't find it, actually i found OPENSSL.EXE-04919655.pf in  C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

             

             

            (actually you meant to type in Run the openssl.exe? or in the prompt command? tried both didn't work. then searched. i may have got you wrong.

             

             

            i believe worked for you, and i wanted to try everything.worse comes the last, i may format it. has to work here.)

             

             

            also in the registry i found the openssl.exe as a value under the tree Current user - software - microsoft - search assistant - ACMru - 5603

             

             

            so i tried to rename these files and nothing again, same error. Although the value in the registry don't think it matters.

             

             

            I did try already to short the name like C:\VMware\Worksation but got the same error.

             

             

            Also checked my time and date, they're up to date.

             

             

            Any further help please, will be much appreciated. (really need it)

             

             

            am i right in thinking that there's something here that won't let VMware to install? Because on my mate's PC beside me installed fine.

             

             

            Is there any way i can work around this openssl.exe file?

             

             

            Thank you once more.

             

             

            • 3. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
              continuum Guru
              User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

              sorry - missed your answer ...

               

              very early in the setup VMware creates ssl-keys by calling a tempoarary openssl.exe with special parameters.

              If your system already has a version of openssl inside its searchpath this may fail.

              Thats why you should open a cmd-box and type openssl.exe

              If you have a version of openssl somewhere in your path this command will show this.

              So if you type openssl.exe and get anything other than "not found" - you must locate your already installed openssl.exe and temporarily renmae it

               

               

               

               

              ___________________________________

               

              description of vmx-parameters: http://sanbarrow.com/vmx.html

              VMware-liveCD: http://sanbarrow.com/moa.html

              1 person found this helpful
              • 4. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                quick_learner Novice

                 

                i see, thanks.

                 

                 

                i tried again and the same, unfortunately.

                 

                 

                not doing it right i think, about the oppening a cmd and typing openssl.exe, i'm on a XP pro, and all i get is  Windows cannot find...

                 

                 

                or after typed cmd in the prompt command, you know, not a valid command...

                 

                 

                it's clear now, but i think i don't have a openssl.exe installed already, well and if i do, i can't find it. There was and entry in the registry as i mentioned before. (i've deleted it.)

                 

                 

                Also found the a openssl.exe in the \Temp\{A3FF5CB2-FB35-4658-8751-9EDE1D65B3AA} folder....renamed it....and didn't work. deleted it and didn't work either. But i believe is the one from VMware (the one just tried to install) already.

                 

                 

                Now i think this openssl may have been left from a previous version of VMware. Is that possible? I so i guess i still have to find it and rename it right? And where would it be?

                 

                 

                And if i don't have an openssl.exe installed already, what would be the problem then? and how to overcome it?

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Look, i really appreciate what you're doing here, thank you for what you did so far.  Hopefuly we'll get this to work. As it must.

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                  continuum Guru
                  User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

                  Hmmm - looks like it doesn't have anything to do with an already existing openssl.exe ... sorry - at them moment I am running out of ideas

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  ___________________________________

                   

                  description of vmx-parameters: http://sanbarrow.com/vmx.html

                  VMware-liveCD: http://sanbarrow.com/moa.html

                  • 6. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                    cnatiez Lurker

                     

                    Ran into the same problem. Had VMWare Server 2 installed on an XP home for testing purpose. Was astonished it worked on XP home (remember VMWare Server 1 did not install on XP home). The XP home machine was accessed via VNC. Some problems occurred (VMWare Server 2 Web interface was not accessible from outside, only from the machine itself). Location of problem source difficult (firewall settings ok, ports open etc). I decided to uninstall VMWare Server 2 and reinstall it with proper DNS credentials etc for the web interface. Reinstallation subsequently failed due to the SSL keys issue.  I've redownloaded the installation package from vmware, in vain. I've removed VIX, in vain too. VMWare Server still can't generate the SSL keys. There's no file openssl.* on the system. So, boogey, what's the problem creating ssl keys? The machine even has an url consisting of a fully qualified domain name (www..) and is available to the web. So why would the VMware Server 2 installer not be able to generate SSL keys?

                     

                     

                    Somehow I have the feeling the first installation must have left a registry entry that prevents the installer to generate SSL keys. Does anybody by any chance know which entry? Or does anybody have a clue what causes the ssl issue?

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    • 7. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                      continuum Guru
                      vExpertCommunity WarriorsUser Moderators

                      did you try kb 1308 ?

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      ___________________________________

                       

                      VMX-parameters- VMware-liveCD - VM-Sickbay

                      • 8. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                        cnatiez Lurker

                         

                        TNX FOR THE HINT. Checking out KB1308 brought me to the following discussion: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/90450

                         

                         

                        I can confirm that after clearing the \windows\temp directory completely with exception of the file in use AND disabling Panda Internet Security Suite the installation of VMware Server 2 on Windows XP home edition worked perfectly. Server is now up and running debian linux on a virtual machine.

                         

                         

                        Unfortunately, I did not log previously whether I had Panda Internet Security active or not. I think, though, deactivating AV etc was one of the first measurements after the ssl generation error, but, as said, I didn't log it. So, most likely it's the stuff in the windows\temp folder. Possibly it was the influence of Panda.

                         

                         

                        Cheers, Chris

                         

                         

                        • 9. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                          Tolga201110141 Lurker

                          Hi ;

                           

                          I restarted the server then I installed.I couldn't understand the problem why it happened, but there isn't any problem after restart.

                           

                          Sincerely.

                          • 10. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                            Perry_Godfrey Lurker

                            The only thing that worked for me was uninstalling all the JRE versions and let the vCenter Update manger install its own JRE versions (which I found to be

                            1.6.0_24) and it all worked after this.  The current version that was on the system was 1.6.0_29
                            • 11. Re: The setup failed to generate the SSL keys necessary to run VMware Server
                              vsezde Lurker

                              Hi,

                               

                              It seems openssl.exe that is included in distribution of VMware Workstation v6.5.x is broken (or not working any longer for some reason).

                              I managed to replace openssl.exe file with working file (I took it from elsewhere) during installation.

                              This solved my issue and allowed me successful installation.

                               

                              Best wishes