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A newer version of the product is already installed on this machine

After installing vRA 7.5 HF5, it is not possible to install any additional IAAS components - e.g. proxy agent / DEM. Attempt to launch the installer fails: Error: "A newer version of the product is already installed on this machine".

This is due to updated proxy agent launcher to version in HF5. "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\<agent name>\VRMAgent.exe"

Since it is only the launcher - the "add remove programs" is not updated with this info.

To workaround this problem

  1. Take a snapshot of IAAS machine

  2. Take a backup of file "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Agents\<agent name>\VRMAgent.exe"

  3. From VRA Appliance master node - download file:


  1. Stop "VMware vCloud Automation Center Agent - <agent name>" service in IAAS

  2. Replace the VRMAgent.exe file

  3. Install a new vSphere Agent

  4. Replace the VRMAgent.exe with the backup file taken in step 2

  5. Start the service

  6. Now attempt to install DEM/Proxy agent it should work as expected

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