VMware Instant Recovery fails with 'This ESX server is not associated with a vCenter server. Only audit mode may be used without a vCenter server.'

SUMMARY

VMware Instant Recovery fails with 'This ESX server is not associated with a vCenter server. Only audit mode may be used without a vCenter server.'

ISSUE

Description

If you add a new ESX server to the vCenter and then attempt an instant recovery to this server, you see this error when attempting to enter 'Instant Recovery' mode:


Summary: Error communicating with system.

Cause: Call was unsuccessful.

Detail: [System] This ESX server is not associated with a vCenter server. Only audit mode may be used without a vCenter server.

Cause

Although the ESX Server was added to the vCenter, all the database entries are not updated, until a ‘Refresh of Virtual Machines’ is done.

Resolution

Before restoring to a newly added ESX Server to the vCenter, click ‘Refresh Virtual Machines’ before starting the VMware Instant Recovery.

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