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Why can't I rename a hardware profile in SCVMM to a name I used a while ago?

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Pardon the odd question title.  I couldn't think of a better way to say it.

Has anyone seen this?  I had a hardware profile in SCVMM named "Windows XP Professional x86".  I deleted that profile a while ago (as in a few days ago).  I've now created a new hardware profile and I'm trying to name it the same thing and I get this error:

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The HardwareProfile file Windows XP Professional x86 is already in use by another HardwareProfile.

Wait for the object to become available, and then try the operation again.

ID: 802
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I've rebooted all my Hyper-V hosts as well as my SCVMM management server.  That made no difference.  SCVMM things something is holding onto this profile.

Ideas?
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Check for remnants of an existing folder in your virtual server's configuration directory that uses the same naming structure that you want to use.  If one exists and shouldn't be there, rename it and retry.
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"virtual server's configuration directory" - Where?  Can you elaborate on where I might find this folder?

And just as a reminder, I'm using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, not Virtual Server.  Though you may have been using that term generically, I thought I'd reiterate.

Thanks for your help!
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On your server(s) that is(are) actually hosting Hyper-V, open up the Hyper-V snap-in and open the Hyper-V Settings section under "Actions".  At the top of the newly opened window, you will see two sections listed under "Server", one is Virtual Hard Disks and the other is "Virtual Machines" - the location listed under "Virtual Machines" is the location I am referring to.  These locations can be changed, and since I change mine to a non-default location, I can't give you what the default is, but by looking there, you'll be able to see what your default is.
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The "other" directory you're referring to is the VM storage location for that Hyper-V host.  What does that have to do with SCVMM hardware profiles?  SCVMM's hardware profiles are database items that do not live on any particular Hyper-V host.

Confused...
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Sorry?  You asked for a possible cause for your problem, I have SEEN this happen where system center has been unable to populate a field because it already exists on one of the hosts.  So, I have given you a possible solution.  Call it a bug is SCVMM, or a glitch, or whatever, but it has happened to me.  I'm sorry if thats not the cause of your problem, but since it CAN happen, and CAN be the cause of your issue...personally...I'd look into it myself.
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Well I did look into it and there is absolutely nothing in the config directories of any of the Hyper-V hosts I'm manging with SCVMM.

Microsoft Premier has confirmed that this is likely a bug within SCVMM that will probably be remedied with the first Service Pack to the product.
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