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Monday, December 21, 2015

How to resolve - vCenter Server task migration fails with the error: Failed to create journal file provider, Failed to open for write

For vCenter Server

The journal files for vCenter Server on Windows are located at:

    Windows 2003 and earlier – %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\journal\
    Windows 2008 and later – %PROGRAMDATA%\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\journal\

Whenever you..

    Cannot perform provisioning operations, such as vMotion, Clone, storage DRS
    Cannot create new virtual machines.
    Cannot add RDM disk to a virtual machine.
    Provisioning operations (such as vMotion, Clone, or Migrate) fail.
    vCenter Server task migration fails. You see the error:

    A general system error occurred: Failed to create journal file providerFailed to open "<filename>" for write   


This issue occurs if there is not enough free disk space to store the journal information. The management components in vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi record transactions to journal files when tracking long-running operations. The path and filename cited in the error message indicate the layer that failed to create a journal file.

The Resolution should be ..

Delete or archive the unnecessary files on this filesystem to free up disk space. Depending on your vCenter Server implementation, it is recommended to have a minimum of 40GB of disk space free on the system.

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