Cannot complete the configuration of the HA agent on the host

I enabled HA on a new cluster the other day and one of the hosts came back with the following error:

Cannot complete the configuration of the HA agent on the host. Misconfiguration in the host network setup.

On ocassion, I have seen weird HA errors where simply selecting the ‘Reconfigure for HA’ on the host fixed the issue. I tried this, but the same error was seen. I next selected the host and went to Tasks & Events – Events. From there, I found the following error message:

HA agent on <host> in cluster <cluster> in <datacenter> has an error: Cannot complete the HA configuration.

Selecting the message and under Related Events selecting Show displayed:

Host <host> has the following extra networks not used by other hosts for HA communication: <IP>,.
Consider using HA advanced option ads.allowNetworkto control network usage.

Looking at the VMkernel interface, everything appeared to be configured correctly. I ensured the IP configuration was correct and that no duplicate IP issue was being experienced. So what was causing the problem?

Looking at the VMkernel interface again, I realized that for some reason the interface was selected as a Management Interface. Since a Management interface already existed and all other VMkernel interfaces in the cluster did not have this option selected, I figured I found the problem. I removed the checkbox and then selected ‘Reconfigure for VMware HA’ and the problem was solved. This is a great justification for using host profiles to ensure all hosts are configured identically.

© 2011, Steve Flanders. All rights reserved.

3 comments on “Cannot complete the configuration of the HA agent on the host

Blahphish says:

Thanks! This solved my problem.

Lee says:

Thanks! just setting up my “white box” home lab and ran across this…

Danny says:

Was looking for a solution and had a miss match in the vmk0,1,2,3,4 on 5 different hosts. This worked xD

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