The System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Create Virtual Machine Wizard fails if the cloud contains special characters

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Symptoms

The Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Create Virtual Machine Wizard may fail to create a new virtual machine when attempting to deploy to a cloud that has special characters in its name.  The following error will be displayed in the Virtual Machine Manager console:

VMM is unable to process one of the provided parameters for the cmdlet (New-SCVirtualMachine):
Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Cloud'. The argument is null. Supply a non-null argument and try the command again.
Try the operation again. If the issue persists, contact Microsoft Help and Support.
ID: 12416

Cause

This error can occur when attempting to deploy to a cloud that has square brackets in its name (e.g. [Test Cloud]).

Resolution

To resolve this error, navigate to VMs and Services, then expand Clouds on the upper left-hand pane of the Virtual Machine Manager console to locate the cloud with square brackets in its name.  Right-click the cloud and choose properties.  On the General tab, delete the brackets in the name of the cloud.
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Article ID: 2690609 - Last Review: July 9, 2012 - Revision: 3.0
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  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
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