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NAKIVO Backup & Replication replicates almost all VM properties, including the MAC address. However, if this MAC address is out of standard VMware range (00:50:56:XX:XX:XX), you may not be able to power on the replica VM and will get the following message:

Failed to start the virtual machine. Module DevicePowerOn power on failed. Could not set up "macAddress" for ethernet0. Invalid MAC address specified. [MAC_address] is not an allowed static Ethernet address. It conflicts with VMware reserved MACs.

ID: KB0041
Product Version: 6.0
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016

Problem

The replica VM cannot be powered on. The following message appears:

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Failed to start the virtual machine. Module 
DevicePowerOn power on failed. Could not set up "macAddress" for 
ethernet0. Invalid MAC address specified. [MAC_address] is not an 
allowed static Ethernet address. It conflicts with VMware reserved MACs.

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Background

NAKIVO Backup & Replication replicates a variety of VM properties, including the MAC address.

In some cases target ESXi host cannot power on the replica VM in case its MAC address is not within a standard VMware range.

Solution

The workaround is described in the VMware knowledge base.