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VMware vCenter Server troubleshooting migration fails with compatibility error: The operation is not allowed in the current state (1003829)

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  • vMotion migration operation fails
  • When performing a vMotion migration operation, you see this compatibility error:

    Unable to migrate from <source server> to <destination server>: The operation is not allowed in the current state .


This issue can occur if the ESX/ESXi host or a virtual machine is in an unexpected state.


To work around the issue, perform one of these options:
  • Cancel any existing task from the VMware Infrastructure Client.
  • Wait until any pending tasks are complete.
  • Restart the VMware vCenter Server service.
  • Restart management agents of the host. For more information, see  Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host (1003490).
  • Disconnect and reconnect the host to the vCenter Server.

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Update History

04/26/2010 - Added the workaround option: Restart the ESX host's Management agents. 04/14/2011 - Added resolution for NFS share permissions

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