Can't clone VM due to PBM error and vmware-sps service can't be started
I can't clone a VM in vCenter - I get
PBM error occurred during PreCloneCheckCallback: Connection refused
I have vcenter 6.5 (appliance) and 2 esxi 6.0 servers.
It is probably worth noting, that last night I started a clone of a VM to other esxi server, and then (not thinking about how vCenter was driving that clone) I shut down the vCenter appliance to adjust the RAM. Now that vCenter is backup, I can't seem to do any clones.
Note - so far I tried...
root@vcenter [ /var/log/vmware/vpxd ]# service vmware-sps start
Failed to start vmware-sps.service: Unit vmware-sps.service is masked.
It is probably worth noting a few things.
1. This vCenter was just set up about a month ago because my 6.0 vcenter crashed due to disk full. After this vCenter was set up vmware support rep cloned it - so I have a clone of vCenter available... It sounded like from what he said, any problems I can just shut down the one vCenter and boot up the backup vCenter and just keep rolling - seems worth a try but another vmware repo just told me not to try that.
2. Due to this failed copy I have a folder in my datastore folder for a copy of the VM that is incomplete, and does not show in vSphere... if a VM does not show in vSphere can I safely just delete the folder to reclaim that disk space?