VMware tip – Protocol error from VMX

Small tip, big victory. I have weekly snapshots and clones that are scheduled through vCenter. Suddenly one of the clone tasks stopped working and threw this error:

A General System error occurred: Protocol error from VMX.

Hmmm…that’s odd. It’s run fine up to now right? Luckily the fix couldn’t be too much simpler than this.

SOLUTION: Restart the VMware Tools service in the guest machine and restart the task

et voila!