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vCenter Standalone Converter errors when an ESXi 5.x host is selected as a destination: The access to the host resource settings is restricted. Use the management server as a destination (2012310)

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Symptoms

  • P2V Conversion fails.
  • You cannot select an ESXi 5.x host as the destination for a P2V conversion.
  • In the vCenter Converter Standalone UI, you see the error:

    The access to the host resource settings is restricted to the serverIP addressthat is managing the hosts. Use the management server as a destination

Cause

This is an expected behavior. Unlike in vSphere 4.x, you cannot use an ESXi 5.x host as a conversion destination if that ESXi 5.x host is currently connected to and managed by a vCenter Server.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, select a vCenter Server as the destination. You can then select an ESXi 5.x host from the vCenter Server inventory.

Note: You can select an ESXi 5.x host as a destination if it is a standalone installation not managed by any vCenter Server.

See Also

Update History

05/08/2012 - Added additional step in resolution.

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