Hyper-V on Windows 8 – VM Will Not Start

This isn’t related to System Center, but I wanted to stick this out there in case someone else runs into the same issue.


My lab runs on two Windows 8 machines.  I haven’t played with Server 2012 much as of yet, however, I imagine I will be switching over at some point once I am able to carve out enough time to be able to take my machines down.  At the same time, I imagine this issue might occur on a Windows 2012 machine as well.

Log Name:      Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-Config-Admin
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-Config
Date:          1/14/2013 9:31:29 AM
Event ID:      4096
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
User:          NT VIRTUAL MACHINE\1E00D583-C468-4CBE-B077-623AE7A383D9
Computer:      XXXXXXXXXXXX
The Virtual Machines configuration 1E00D583-C468-4CBE-B077-623AE7A383D9 at ‘C:\VHDx\DC2\DC2’ is no longer accessible: General access denied error (0x80070005).

Basically, what was happened was that I had too many VMs running along with my other work programs so the “server” ran completely out of RAM.  I tried to shut a few of the VMs down to carve out just enough RAM to be able to shut everything down and it resulted in the Win8 equivalent of a BSOD.  Post reboot, my DC running on this machine refused to start with the error above.  I have no idea how or why, but the permissions seem to have changed.

After messing with the perms for about 30 minutes, I still had no luck in getting the VM to restart and I could not find any discrepancies between the files for this VM and the VMs that were still working.  As such, I added the following:


I granted <Local Machine>\Users “Full Control” over the Virtual Machines folder.  Compliant?  Probably not.  Did it allow my DC VM to restart?  Yep.  If this were a prod environment, I would have spent more time investigating the exact permission that was missing.  However, this is a secure lab with no sensitive data.  My hope is to revisit this at some point (time permitting) to see if I can nail down the exact permission that was missing.

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