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    VI Client on Vista

    Samcer Expert

      Hi Guys, today I get a brand new MS-Vista  :-(( (ultimate edition Italian version) notebook.


      I try to deploy a VM from a template using VI Client 2.01, but... after choosing to customize the guest os (which was a win OS) I get anœ"object error" dialog.


      Well, I thought it was the sysprep file on V.C. Server, but my Virtual Infrastructure 3 is up and running since months.


      I switch back to my old notebook (Win XP Pro SP2, Italian version) I get no problem while deploying the same VM.


      Has anyone of you got the same error.




        • 1. Re: VI Client on Vista

          Yep, I get the same error - Vista Ultimate English edition.

          • 2. Re: VI Client on Vista
            cheeko Master

            Vista Ultimate EN - Same problem here ...


            Error Msg: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object."


            'Customize using an existing customization specification' works ok.

            • 3. Re: VI Client on Vista
              Steven Rodenburg Enthusiast

              Same problem here. VC2.0.1 and Vista Business Edition 32bit.


              When i dual-boot back to XP SP2 and run the VI3 client from there, all is fine.


              There must be an incompatibility between Vista and the VI client.

              I've seen it on all our Vista boxes so far.

              (All 32bit business editions by the way)

              • 4. Re: VI Client on Vista
                acr Virtuoso

                We couldnt get it on Vista Ultimate either..!!

                • 5. Re: VI Client on Vista
                  MR-T Champion

                  I've got it working fine on Vista Business edition.

                  • 6. Re: VI Client on Vista
                    acr Virtuoso

                    Thx, weve got business ed. we were going to give it a miss, but now i'll try it..

                    • 7. Re: VI Client on Vista
                      Christopher J. Miller Novice

                      Seems to run in Vista64 Enterprise for us...but SLOW SLOW SLOW!  Takes forever for the screen to update the list of datastores and port groups.  Pretty unusable really.  Hmm...I wonder if I fired up a WinXP VM inside VMPlayer under Vista if it would actually run faster.  LOL!

                      • 8. Re: VI Client on Vista
                        jsparrow Lurker

                        We are having the same issue here. I am running Vista Enterprise.  The odd thing is that I can connect to Guest Consoles on our 2.5.3 ESX Host, but cannot connect to a Console on a guest on our 3.0.1 ESX Host. If I switch to a Windows XP system running the VI client I can connect to both just fine.

                        • 9. Re: VI Client on Vista
                          Jae Ellers Master

                          One idea may be to test loading the .Net Framework 1.1sp1.  I believe the .Net Framework in Vista is 2 and this could be causing these issues.  I haven't touched Vista yet other than to use the beta in a workstation VM for a couple days.

                          • 10. Re: VI Client on Vista
                            jsparrow Lurker

                            I tried the .net 1.1 and SP1 still get the same error when trying to connect to a console on a 3.0.1 host. "Error connecting: Cannot connect to host hostIPAddress: A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond"


                            This only occurs when connecting to a console on a VM on a 3.0.1 host from Vista Enterprise. Connecting to a Console on a 2.5.3 host is fine using Vista, and connecting to the guest consoles on either type of host is fine from XP.

                            • 11. Re: VI Client on Vista
                              tgradig Hot Shot

                              Here is what I got out of the tech. Hope this helps. I reverted back to XP, but I would like to know if this works for the rest of you.


                              Regarding this issue, first let me say that windows vista has not been fully tested and is not currently supported for running VIC.  My recommendation is to not run VIC on windows Vista at this current time.  The problem here is due to the differences between windows 2000/xp/2003 vs windows vista.  VI client is trying to look for time zone information inside registry, in a location that does not exist in windows vista.  You can verify by:

                              On your win xp box, look under registry, local machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones Now go to your windows vista, look under the registry and try to locate the same folder (it's not there).


                              There are 2 possible workarounds. 

                              1. clone without customization.  After cloning, make sure new VM is disconnected from network, start up the new VM, run sysprep to generate a new ssid and network information for the new windows.  Please refer to Microsoft articles for how to use sysprep.


                              2. Note that if you choose to take try this second workaround, you must be willing to take full responsibility on what the changes may do to your windows vista.  Simply go to your windows xp machine registry, look for local machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones, and export the time zones folder to a .reg file.  Copy that file to windows vista and import that into the registry.  This works for me (but I only tested it briefly), again, you will have to decide whether you want to do this or not.

                              • 12. Re: VI Client on Vista

                                I tried the registry export-import trick, but it didn't work for me, I still can't use the guest customization wizard.


                                I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate.

                                • 13. Re: VI Client on Vista
                                  mchpis Enthusiast

                                  Tried the registry trick and it worked like a charm. Thank You very much!!


                                  VIC 2.01 Build-32042

                                  Vista Ultimate

                                  • 14. Re: VI Client on Vista
                                    jsehlms Enthusiast

                                    Excellent find.


                                    The registry trick worked for me



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