VMM 2012 Self-Service users cannot open a console session to a virtual machine

Aplica-se a: Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager


When you try to connect to the console session of a virtual machine (VM) that is running in Windows Server 2012 by using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager or Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1), the connection fails, and you receive the following error message: 

Virtual Machine Manager lost the connection to the virtual machine for one of the following reasons.

Another connection was established to the console of this machine
The virtual machine has been shut down or put into the saved state
The user credentials provided do not have the necessary privilege to connect

(0x0003, 0x0000)


This problem occurs because connection access to Windows Server 2012 R2 hosts is controlled through a new method that uses the Grant-VMConnectAccess command. In some cases, invalid user accounts in the member list for the Virtual Machine Manager user role can prevent the list from being populated.

If the failure persists after you verify the potential reasons that are stated in the error message, the failure might, instead, occur because members of the Administrator or Self-Service user roles have unresolvable domain accounts, as represented by security identifiers (SIDs).


To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Open the VMM console.
  2. In the Settings workspace. Click Security, and then click User Roles.
  3. Select the Administrator user role.
  4. On the ribbon bar, click Properties on the Home tab.
  5. In the Administrator Properties dialog box, click Members
  6. Browse through the list of users. Remove any users that do not resolve to a domain account and that show only a SID.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 for any additional User Roles. 
  8. After the SIDs are removed from each user role, an update to the VMConnectAccess permissions has to be pushed out by VMM. To trigger this event, change the access for a virtual machine. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Select a virtual machine, and then click Properties.
    • In the Properties dialog box, click the Access tab.
    • In the Self-Service Owner field, enter a different user account, and then click OK.
    • Verify that the job completed successfully.
    • Revert access to the original user account.
  9. Verify that the self-service user can now open a console session to their virtual machine.