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Troubleshooting migration compatibility error: Currently connected network interface uses network, which is a virtual intranet (1003832)

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  • A vMotion migration fails
  • When performing a vMotion migration, you see the compatibility error:

    Unable to migrate from source_server to destination_server: Currently connected network interface 'device' uses network 'network', which is a 'virtual intranet' .


This error indicates that the virtual machine is connected to a network that is internal only, which means that the virtual switch has no outbound adapters attached.  


This issue is resolved in:
To workaround this issue when you do not want to upgrade, use one of these options:
  • Attach an outbound network adapter to the virtual switch.
  • Power down or suspend the virtual machine and perform a cold migration to the new host.

    Note: You may see a similar message during the cold migration if there is no internal only network with the same name on the destination server. This message is only a warning and can be ignored if you plan to create a proper switch on the destination server at a later time.

  • From a vSphere Client connected to the vCenter Server, navigate to Administration > vCenter Server Settings > Advanced Settings and add config.migrate.test.CompatibleNetworks.VMOnVirtualIntranet with the value set to false.

    Note: Making this change from vSphere Client does not require a restart of the Virtual Center Server service. To restore the usual checks, change the setting to "true".

    This setting can also be changed by adding these lines to the
    <config>flag in the VirtualCenter vpxd.cfg configuration file:



    For related information, see Enabling vMotion on internal vswitch behind bridged-mode firewalls and other network appliances (1006701).

See Also

Update History

02/25/2013 - Added fixed in vcenter Server 5.0 Update 2 07/15/2013 - Added fixed in vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1

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