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vSphere Replication (VR) with Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.x fails with the error: Unknown controller type (2030526)


  • Protecting a virtual machine using vSphere Replication and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.x fails
  • You see the error:

    Unknown controller type
    com.vmware.vim.binding.vim.vm.device.VirtualSCSIController' fod disk '[datastore]/vmname/diskname.vmdk


The issue occurs when the VMDK descriptor has an entry similar to:

ddb.adapterType = "legacyESX"

The legacy ESX adapter type is not supported after VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2.


To resolve this issue, change the adapter type.
To change the adapter type:
  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Connect to the ESX host using a SSH. For more information, see Connecting to an ESX host using a SSH client (1019852).
  3. Change to the VMFS volume and then the virtual machine directory. For example:

    cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore/VM/

  4. Take a backup of the VMDK descriptor file before making the change. For example:

    cp VM.vmdk VM.vmdk.bak

  5. Open the VMDK descriptor file using a tool, such as vi or nano.
  6. Change ddb.adapterType to another adapter type. For example:

    ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

    For more information, see Editing files on an ESX host using vi or nano (1020302).

  7. Power on the virtual machine.

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