A restore job fails when restoring virtual machines to ESX hosts that is managed by vCenter 5.x.

Problem

A restore job of virtual machines to ESX hosts managed by vCenter 5.x fails with the following error in the job log:

Access to the host is restricted because it is being managed by a Virtual Center.

Error writing file data.

 

Error Message

Final error: 0x200095c1 - Access to the host is restricted because it is being managed by a Virtual Center.
Final error category: Resource Errors

or

Final error: 0xe000957e - Unable to create the new virtual machine.
Final error category: Resource Errors

[Figure 1 - Job log in English]


[Figure 2 - Job log in Japanese]

Cause

With the release 5.x, VMware has blocked the ability to restore virtual machines to ESX hosts that are managed by vCenter.
Please refer the following article.

vCenter Standalone Converter errors when an ESXi 5.x host is selected as a destination: The access to the host resource settings is restricted. Use the management server as a destination (2012310)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2012310

Solution

Restore virtual machines via vCenter, or restore them via ESX after configuring as  the unmanaged ESX host from vCenter.

Steps on how to configure as an unmanaged ESX host from vCenter:

1. Connect to the ESX host using vSphere Client.
2. Select [Home] [Inventory].
3. Open [Summary] tab.
4. Click [Disassociate host from vCenter Server...] in [Host Management]. (See Figure 3.)

[Figure 3]

 

Applies To

 

ESXi 5.x, vCenter 5.x

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