vMotion error, virtual machine refuses to be migrated.

February 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Last night during a patching job in a customer I found the following error for several VMs when I put a host in maintenance mode and DRS tried to evacuate the virtual machines to the other nodes of the cluster.

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Very strange since as far as I could see the virtual machines were running without errors, I was logged into some of them through SSH, and they also appeared as powered on in vSphere Client.

I decided to go to Tech Support Mode on the ESXi and check the virtual machine power state.

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Everything looked exactly as it should be, no error logs, nothing. At this point I decided to restart the ESXi management agents.

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And it worked, after a few seconds I was able to perform a successful vMotion and the host could be evacuated.

Juanma.

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