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Removing an ESXi 5.0 host from vCenter Server Inventory fails with the error: Invalid Fault (2020565)


  • Removing an ESXi 5.0 host from the Inventory of vCenter Server fails.
  • You see the error:

    General system error: Invalid Fault

  • In the C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\vpxd.log file, you see entries similar to:

    [13260 error 'Default' opID=DFF7C9FB-00001BD2] (Log recursion level 2) vmodl.fault.SystemError
    [13260 error 'Default' opID=DFF7C9FB-00001BD2] Section for VMware VirtualCenter, pid=12676, version=5.0.0, build=build-455964, option=Release
    [13260 info 'Default' opID=DFF7C9FB-00001BD2] [VpxLRO] -- ERROR task-3407 -- host-14 -- vim.ManagedEntity.destroy: vmodl.fault.SystemError:
    --> Result:
    --> (vmodl.fault.SystemError) {
    --> dynamicType = <unset>,
    --> faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
    --> reason = "Invalid fault",
    --> msg = "vim.fault.AdminNotDisabled"

  • In the /var/log/vpxa.log file, you see errors similar to:

    [FFDDAB90 error 'Default' opID=4890D6DC-00000116-1b] [ExitLockdownMode] Administrator permission already enabled.
    [FFDDAB90 error 'SoapAdapter' opID=4890D6DC-00000116-1b] Method vpxapi.VpxaService.restoreAdminPermissions threw undeclared fault of type vim.fault.AdminNotDisabled


This issue occurs if Lockdown mode is out of sync on vCenter Server and the ESXi host.


To resolve this issue: 
  1. On vCenter Server select the ESXi host, navigate to Configuration > Security Profile and check if Lockdown Mode is set to Enabled. If not, enable it by clicking Edit and selecting Enable Lockdown Mode.

  2. Check the ESXi 5.0 host DCUI to see if lockdown mode is disabled. If it is disabled, enable lockdown mode on the DCUI. For more information, see Enabling or disabling Lockdown mode on an ESXi host (1008077).

  3. Disable lockdown mode in vCenter Server on the ESXi host configuration tab. Disabling lockdown mode via vCenter Server properly disables lockdown mode on the ESXi host.

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