You cannot import a virtual machine by using Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) on a Hyper-V server
This article helps fix a 0x80070057 error that occurs when you try to import a virtual machine that has been exported by using Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) on a Hyper-V server.
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number: 968968
When you try to import a virtual machine that has been exported by using Hyper-V Manager, you cannot import the virtual machine by using Hyper-V Manager on a different Hyper-V server. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
A Server error occurred while attempting to import the virtual machine. Failed to import the virtual machine from import directory <Directory Path>. Error: One or more arguments are invalid (0x80070057).
When you try to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to import a virtual machine that was exported by using Hyper-V Manager, you receive the following error message:
Error (12700) VMM cannot complete the Hyper-V operation on the <server FQDN> server because of the error: Failed to import the virtual machine from import directory <Directory Path>. Error: One or more arguments are invalid (0x80070057) (Unknown error (0x8005))
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
Locate the exported virtual machine folder, and then open the .exp file.
In the line between <VALUE> and </VALUE>, delete the GUID. Here is a sample that shows a code example from the .exp file and the value that you should remove:
<PROPERTY NAME="ScopeOfResidence" TYPE="string"> <VALUE> 222dea57-bedd-465c-8fe4-54f2ad7ae699 ** => DELETE THIS GUID** </VALUE> </PROPERTY>
Save the changes, and then exit Notepad.
Import the modified virtual machine again.
If you want to resolve this issue automatically, you can run a Visual Basic script on a Hyper-V server before you import a virtual machine to the Hyper-V server:
Option Explicit Dim WMIService Dim VMList Dim VM Dim VMSystemGlobalSettingData Dim VMManagementService Dim Result 'Get instance of 'virtualization' WMI service on the local computer Set WMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\virtualization") 'Get a VMManagementService object Set VMManagementService = WMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Msvm_VirtualSystemManagementService").ItemIndex(0) 'Get all the MSVM_ComputerSystem object Set VMList = WMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Msvm_ComputerSystem") For Each VM In VMList if VM.Caption = "Virtual Machine" then Set VMSystemGlobalSettingData = (VM.Associators_("MSVM_ElementSettingData", "Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData")).ItemIndex(0) VMSystemGlobalSettingData.ScopeOfResidence = "" Result = VMManagementService.ModifyVirtualSystem(VM.Path_.Path, VMSystemGlobalSettingData.GetText_(1)) end if Next
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.