First New - VM: an element with the same key has already been added.


I get a strange error that I have seen a few other posts, but with no resolution (or at least one that I can find).  When you try to create a new virtual machine using the cmdlet New - VM, I get the error "an item with the same key has already been added."

Now, here's the key that I've not seen many others to mention.  This ONLY happens on the first attempt for each new connection with Connect-VIServer.  I can create as many of the same machines that I want after that first mistake with the same settings (new name of course).  If I disconnect and reconnect again, the error appears for the first time.

Normally with PowerShell, I have just to catch the error and be on my way.  However, in this case I use the parameter - RunAsync, so that I can capture the task that is returned in a variable.  From there, I use Wait-task until the virtual machine is complete before moving on with the script.  Everything works fine when the error occurs, but when it happens that the object of the task is not returned and the rest of her vomit script errors.

I am running the latest version of PowerCLI and I tried this on PowerShell v2.0 and v3.0 and get the same results.  I tried different models and guests without success.  I also tried this with and without assistance - AllLinked on Connect-VIServer-bound mode.  I should mention that I am cloning model, by specifying a spec customization and host cluster data store.  Again, the only common denominator repeatable here is that this ONLY happens on the first attempt to use New - VM session to vCenter.

Any ideas or suggestions?

If this is useful at all, here are the details of the output on the exception:

PS C:\ > $Error [0]
New - VM: 05/06/2013-09:49:22 new-VM an element with the same key has already been added.
On line: 1 char: 11
+ $VMTask = new-VM-name "NEWTEST20" - model 'Template' - OS...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo: NotSpecified: (:)) [new-VM], VimException)
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId: Core_BaseCmdlet_UnknownError, VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.NewVM

PS C:\ > $Error [0]. Exception | Select *.


ErrorId: Core_BaseCmdlet_UnknownError
ErrorCategory: NotSpecified
TargetObject:
RecommendedAction:
SessionId:
Login ID: /[email protected]:443/
Severity: error
Message: 05/06/2013-09:49:22 new-VM an element with the same key has already been added.
Data: {ParameterValues}
InnerException: System.ArgumentException: an item with the same key has already been added.
to System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary'2.Insert (TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.StaticDataServiceImpl.PopulateTaskDescriptionDict
ionary()
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.StaticDataServiceImpl.GetTaskDescription (String
taskDescriptionId)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.TaskImpl.Create (ManagedObjectReference moRef,
Customer VimClient, accessories 2 dictionary, extensionData object)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.ViCoreTaskCoreServiceProviderImpl. < GetTaskListForCli
ENT > d__7.MoveNext)
System.Collections.Generic.List to ' 1.InsertRange (Int32 index, 1 IEnumerable collection)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.ViCoreTaskCoreServiceProviderImpl.GetTaskList (IEnume
uidList Maple 1, IEnumerable 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Impl.V1.Task.CoreTaskServiceImpl.GetTaskList (IEnumerable 1 uidList,
IEnumerable 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTaskCore (Nullable State 1,)
IList 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTask (Nullable State 1,)
CmdletTaskInfoProvider cmdletTaskInfoProvider)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTaskById (String uid,
CmdletTaskInfoProvider cmdletTaskInfoProvider)
VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.VmServiceImpl.NewVM (model TemplateInterop,
VMHostInterop vmHost, string name, resourceContainer, FolderInterop location VIContainerInterop,.
StorageResourceInterop data store, Nullable 1 diskStorageFormat, OSCustomizationSpecInterop
customization, Boolean, Boolean, string 1 Nullable description isRequestedAsync allowNested
Nullable, 1 haIsolationResponse, Nullable 1 drsAutomationLevel, haRestartPriority, [AdvancedOption]
options)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.NewVM.DoWork (customer VIAutomation, moList list 1)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.BaseCmdlet.DoWork (VIConnection connection,
MoList list 1)
at VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.BaseCmdlet.DoWorkEx (VIConnection connection,
MoList list 1)
to
VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.ConnectionDispatchHelper.ExecuteRunlist (dictionary 2
runlist, DoWorkDelegate doWorkDelegate, UidDispatchHelper uidDispatchHelper, result of list 1)
TargetSite:
StackTrace:
HelpLink:
Source:

PS C:\ > $Error [0]. Exception.InnerException | Select *.


Message: An element with the same key has already been added.
ParamName:
Data: {ConnectionId}
InnerException:
TargetSite: Void Insert (TKey, TValue, Boolean)
StackTrace: At System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary'2.Insert (TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add)
to
VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.StaticDataServiceImpl.PopulateTaskDescriptionDictionary)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.StaticDataServiceImpl.GetTaskDescription (String
taskDescriptionId)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.TaskImpl.Create (ManagedObjectReference moRef,
Customer VimClient, accessories 2 dictionary, extensionData object)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.ViCoreTaskCoreServiceProviderImpl. < GetTaskListForClient
> d__7.MoveNext)
System.Collections.Generic.List to ' 1.InsertRange (Int32 index, 1 IEnumerable collection)
to
VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Task.ViCoreTaskCoreServiceProviderImpl.GetTaskList (IEnumerable 1)
uidList, IEnumerable 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Impl.V1.Task.CoreTaskServiceImpl.GetTaskList (IEnumerable 1 uidList,
IEnumerable 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTaskCore (Nullable State 1,)
IList 1 connectionUidList)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTask (Nullable State 1,)
CmdletTaskInfoProvider cmdletTaskInfoProvider)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.TaskServiceImpl.GetTaskById (String uid,
CmdletTaskInfoProvider cmdletTaskInfoProvider)
VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Impl.V1.Service.VmServiceImpl.NewVM (model TemplateInterop,
VMHostInterop vmHost, string name, resourceContainer, FolderInterop location VIContainerInterop,.
StorageResourceInterop data store, Nullable 1 diskStorageFormat, OSCustomizationSpecInterop
customization, Boolean, Boolean, string 1 Nullable description isRequestedAsync allowNested
Nullable, 1 haIsolationResponse, Nullable 1 drsAutomationLevel, haRestartPriority, [AdvancedOption]
options)
to VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.NewVM.DoWork (customer VIAutomation, moList list 1)
at VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.BaseCmdlet.DoWork (VIConnection connection,
MoList list 1)
at VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.BaseCmdlet.DoWorkEx (VIConnection connection,
MoList list 1)
to
VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.Util10Ps.BaseCmdlet.ConnectionDispatchHelper.ExecuteRunlist (dictionary 2
runlist, DoWorkDelegate doWorkDelegate, UidDispatchHelper uidDispatchHelper, result of list 1)
HelpLink:
Source: mscorlib


I was informed that this is actually a "known" bug and a fix has already been planned for the release of the future code.  After getting the access to a beta version, it does not seem to be fixed in the next release.

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