imageConsider the following scenario:

  • You run Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
  • You try to deploy a newly created virtual machine to an instance of VMware ESX Server 3.0 Host.
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0 Host is running on the x64-based version of Windows Server 2008.

In this scenario, you may receive the following error message:

Error (2947)
Virtual Machine Manager cannot complete the VirtualCenter action on the server hostname.domain.com because of the following error:
Error during the configuration of the host:
configSpec.guestId.
(Unknown error (0x194))
Recommended Action
Resolve the issue and then try the operation again.

As of now, there is no resolution or work around for this scenario. The placement of a virtual machine to an instance of VMware ESX Server 3.0 host on an x64-based version of Windows Server 2008 R2 is not supported.

For all the details and latest updates please reference the following Knowledge Base article:

KB979592 - Error message when you try to deploy a newly created virtual machine to an instance of VMware ESX Server 3.0 Host that is running on an x64-based version of Windows Server 2008

J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer