Storage vMotion of Instant Recovery fails with "The method is disabled by"

KB ID: 1916
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication
Published: 2014-08-07
Last Modified: 2022-05-19
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Challenge

When attempting to migrate an Instant Recovery VM to a production datastore using VMware Storage vMotion the following error occurs:

The method is disabled by 'vm-###'
Call ‘VirtualMachine.Relocate’ for object 'vm_name' on vCenter Server ‘vCenter_Name’ failed.

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Solution

To correct this issue, remove the Instant Recovered VM from Inventory and add it back to inventory, using the following steps:

  1. Power down the Guest OS of the instant recovery VM from within the OS.
  2. Remove the Instant Recovery VM from Inventory via vSphere client
  3. Add the Instant Recovery VM to inventory from the Veeambackup_ServerName NFS datastore

    Once the VM has been removed and added back into the infrastructure please test the Storage vMotion again.

More information

This article is regarding the error "The method is disabled by," specifically when using Storage vMotion to migrate an Instant Recovery VM.

Examples of similar errors that are not related to this KB:

  • The method is disabled by 'vShield_SVM'
    This occurs when the VM is an NSX Manager
  • The method is disabled by 'com.vmware.vcDr'
    This occurs when Site Recovery Manager protects the VM.

 

The following VMware KB article is related: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2008957

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