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Transplanting a VM to different vCenter -- giving errors

Last Modified: 2019-01-24
Normally to transplant a VM to different vCenter, I do Veeam bkup of the VM and transfer it over to new network and restore it from another Veeam server. But in case of this VM (old Win 2008 OS), Veeam gives error during restore: "invalid configuration for device '0'" and *.vmdk (disk) files are not restored at all.

In the source vCenter, it is possible to do vMotion of this VM, but I cannot do OVF export (times out) nor create a clone (Invalid configuration for device '13'). The VM runs fine.

How may I transplant this VM to new location? Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Could be caused by network interface, and lack of portgroup.

try disconnecting the nic.


Thanks. Let me try. (The portgroup of this VM is not present on all hosts.)


I shutdown the VM so I can change port-group, but when I do so, the OK button is grayed out. In other words, I cannot change the portgroup. Nor can I delete that NIC. What are my options now?

I am including an image of that NIC's settings. Thanks.


Actually I am not able to change any settings in hardware of this VM, even though the VM is shutdown.
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It was done 5-6 years ago, before I joined this company.
Even when the VM is shutdown, I cannot change that VMXnet2 interface. Anyway it can be changed?
(This server is close to being retired... by the way.) Thanks.


Thanks Andrew, once again.

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