Unable to connect to the MKS: Console access to the virtual machine cannot be granted since the connection limit has been reached

Today I was in the process of managing my VMs and as I use a Mac with the VMware Remote Console, it can sometimes be a little flakey in terms of stability. This isn’t normally a big deal for me as typically I’ll reopen the MKS session and pick up from where I left off. For some reason, today was a little different and after the usual “crash”, I attempted to connect back across and was presented with “Unable to connect to the MKS: Console access to the virtual machine cannot be granted since the connection limit of 1 has been reached”.

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I then tried the integrated console but received a similar message of “You have reached the maximum number of connected consoles: 1. Please contact your administrator.”

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I knew that restarting the VM would clear the issue, or powering it down to increase the number connections permitted (KB2015407) would be a work around but the problem was I didn’t know what state the VM was in as I was mid installation so couldn’t really justify pulling the plug.

At that point I thought I’d try a quick vMotion between the hosts and as if by magic, my subsequent attempt to connect to the console in either way sprung back into life!

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