SOAP 1.1 fault: "":ServerFaultCode [no subcode] "Error caused by file /vmfs/volumes/x/x/x.vmdk"

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SOAP 1.1 fault: "":ServerFaultCode [no subcode] "Error caused by file /vmfs/volumes/x/x/x.vmdk"
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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 10:31AM PDT
Actually there are 2 possible reasons known:
 
1 - Eventually a restart of the Management Services on the ESX host solves the problem according to:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003312
and
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003490
 
2 - Change Block Tracking (CBT)
CBT has to be activated when no snapshot of the VM exists. If this pre-requisite is not fullfilled, the error can occur.
In order to fix the problem, the following procedure is recommended:
- remove VM snapshots,
- deactivate CBT,
- restart VM and afterwards shut it down,
- activate CBT and
- restart VM (otherwise CBT will not be activated).
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