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Running the vCenter Site Recovery Manager dns_update script fails with the error: \VMware\VMware was unexpected at this time." (1036097)

Symptoms

  • Cannot run the vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) dns_update script 
  • Running the DNS server update on a windows DNS server during SRM failover fails
  • You see the error:

    verifying input data

    \VMware\VMware was unexpected at this time.
    [2011-03-10 10:2:10 TRIVIA] Result: 65280

Resolution

This issue occurs if the path to the command is misinterpreted by the script when the path has parenthesis (as seen in 64 bit operating systems).

To workaround this issue, you must edit the script dns_update.cmd file.
 
To edit the script dns_update.cmd file:
  1. Open the script dns_update.cmd file using a text editor.
  2. Locate the following line :

    REM -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    REM Setup internal variables
    REM -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    IF DEFINED TOOLSPATH (
    SET PATH=%PATH%;%TOOLSPATH%
    )

  3. Remove the braces enclosing the SET PATH variable. For example:

    REM -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    REM Setup internal variables
    REM -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    IF DEFINED TOOLSPATH SET PATH=%PATH%;%TOOLSPATH%

  4. Run the command again.

For more information, see Adding a DNS Update Step to a Recovery Plan.

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