Resolving “The server fault ‘SystemError’ had no message” error

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Microsoft, VMWare

When you convert a template to a VM it becomes untouchable in vsphere 4.1 at times. When you edit the settings of an untouchable VM,

 

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the following error message appears.

The server fault ‘SystemError’ had no message. Call “PropertyCollector.RetrieveContents” for object “propertyCollector” on vCenter Server “Test.appdev.com” failed.

Useful eh? Luckily, fixing the problem is easy: just unregister and register the VM. To do that, perform the following tasks.

  1. Make a note of the datastore that contains the untouchable VM.
  2. Unregister the VM from the inventory. (right-click on the VM then click Remove from Inventory)
  3. Open the datastore and subfolder containing the untouchable VM.
  4. Register the VMs .VMX file. (right-click on the .VMX file then click ‘Add to Inventory’).
 

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