Unable to use a vCenter managed ESXi host as a VMware Converter destination

Issue

If trying to use an ESXi 5.x host directly that is managed by vCenter, the follow message appears and blocks that ability to proceed with the conversion:

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


If the vCenter server is not available, the conversion cannot proceed.

Resolution

To allow the ESXi 5.x host to be use directly as a conversion destination:

Enable SSH on the ESXi host from the console:

- Press F2 to Customise System/View Logs
- Enter root credentials
- Press F2 to Customise System/View Logs
- Select Troubleshooting Options from the menu
- Select Enable ESXi shell and press Enter

SSH to the ESXi host with root credentials and run the following commands:
/etc/init.d/hostd stop
/etc/init.d/vpxa stop
/etc/init.d/hostd start


Wait a couple of minutes for the hostd to start, then ESXi should be able to be used as a destination for converstions.

On completion of the conversions, run the following command to start the vCenter agent:
/etc/init.d/vpxa start


References

vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 errors when an ESXi 5.0 host is selected as a destination: The access to the host resource settings is restricted. Use the management server as a destination (2012310)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2012310

Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host (1003490)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003490

Products

VMware Converter 5.1
VMware ESXi 5.1
VMware vCenter Server 5.1

Created: 30th August 2013
Updated: 30th August 2013


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