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    Connect-VIServer fails with Base-64 error

    korycoronado Novice

      I am trying to connect to one of our vCenter instances after a PowerCLI upgrade.  I'm getting this error:

       

      PS U:\> Connect-VIServer vCenterServer

      Connect-VIServer : The input is not a valid Base-64 string as it contains a non-base 64 character, more than two padding characters, or an illegal character among the padding characters.

      At line:1 char:1

      + Connect-VIServer vCenterServer

      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Connect-VIServer], FormatException

          + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.FormatException,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.ConnectVIServer

       

      Has anyone else ever seen this that may have some clues as to what's wrong?  I know credentials are good and i've seen similar issues as this not related to powercli on other forums.  Of course those were mostly devs talking about string encoding and didn't provide much insight for this issue.

       

      PS: in case it matters that's not the real server name. I've tried the UQDN, FQDN, and CNAME of the host all without luck so i'm guessing the name isn't an issue.

       

      Env:

      VMware PowerCLI 10.1.0 build 8346946

      PowerShell 5.1.17134.228

      vCenter Server VCSA 6.5.0.5500

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