tl;dr Version: Don’t trust version numbers on folder names. I somehow had 2.0 plugin files in my 1.1 folder, so no matter how many times I installed/re-installed 1.1 it continued to use the 2.0 files. Delete ALL vsphere.bigdataextension folders from c:ProgramDataVmwarevSphere Web Clientvc-packagesvsphere-client-serenity
I seem to have come across an odd bug in relation to the VMware Big Data Extensions appliance. I had installed VMware BDE 2.0 and 1.1 in my lab, however I needed to use just 1.1. As BDE comes as an appliance and web client plugin this should have been fairly straight forward. Since I had already installed BDE 2.0 I removed the plugin using the Unisntall option on the install-plugin page and also removed the corresponding files from
c:ProgramDataVmwarevSphere Web Clientvc-packagesvsphere-client-serenity (Serenity now, serenity now!)
I did NOT remove the 1.1.0568 folder, because well that was the version I wanted. Next I uninstalled the 2.0 plugin using https://bde20.fqdn/install-plugin and then installed the 1.1 plugin using https://bde11.fqdn/install-plugin and provide it with the vCenter server information
As you can see here the installation was successful from my BDE 1.1 appliance. However, when I logged into vCenter I still have the BDE 2.0 plugin
To test further, I installed a VCSA, moved an ESXi host to the new vCenter and deployed BDE 1.1 there. Then I installed the client plugin from the new BDE 1.1 server to both vCenters. As you can see here I am still getting the 2.0 plugin from somewhere (that somewhere is coming) even though I deleted the 2.0 files from the Windows server.
I combed the /mob directory, local file system and registry thanks to a few folks on Twitter and removed some other file references but would continually receive the same BDE 2.0 client plugin. As a last ditch effort I removed all BDE folder instances, including the 1.1 folder
Now when I deploy the 1.1 plugin I get the correct version. The plug-in installer appears to push the 2.0 files into the 1.1 folder even though they were/are labeled separately!