I use Powershell to backup some of my development servers once a week, after applying update 4 this does not work anymore, yes I’m certain it did work before update 4.
When I noticed that it didn’t work anymore I tested some of the commands manually, one of the first is to shutdown the guest. When I try to do that now I get this: "Operation 'Shutdown VMGuest' failed for VM 'my-happy-server' for the following reason: fault.RestrictedVersion.summary"
I did a few searches and there are some notes about licensing. I didn’t get what’s what… I registered to download and got a serial, so I’m a free user I guess using a user serial. I use VMware ESX Server 3i, 3.5.0, 158869
Ehhh… so what gives?
Welcome to the VMware Community forums. With update 4, the free version of ESXi went back to being read only for configuration changes. I was under the impression that it would impact items like changing the configuration of your host, but it appears to extend to managing VMs as well (i.e. I test with the RCLI to create a snapshot and it failed with the restricted version error).
I'm not sure on what line in your code that does the backup fails, but you are seeing a side effect of VMware closing up on an unintended ability to use the RCLI to use read/write operations as was released with update 3. So basically it is a restriction from using the free version. A very dumb restriction if you ask me.
The only "solution" you have for this problem is to go back to update 3.
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