Troubleshoot Azure Arc VM management

Applies to: Azure Stack HCI, version 23H2

This article provides guidance on how to collect logs and troubleshoot issues with Azure Arc virtual machines (VMs) in your Azure Stack HCI cluster. It also lists the limitations and known issues that currently exist with Azure Arc VM management.

Collect logs

You can collect logs to identify and troubleshoot issues with Arc VMs in your Azure Stack HCI system. Use these logs to gather key information before you contact Microsoft support for additional help.

Make sure you have the latest PowerShell module for log collection. To update the PowerShell module, run the following command:

#Update the PowerShell module
Install-Module -Name ArcHci -Force -Confirm:$false -SkipPublisherCheck -AcceptLicense

To collect logs for Arc VMs in your Azure Stack HCI cluster, run the following command:

az login --use-device-code
Get-ArcHCILogs -workDirectory $csv_path\ResourceBridge -kvaTokenPath $csv_path\ResourceBridge\kvatoken.tok -ip $VMIP_1


  • $csv_path is the full path of the cluster shared volume provided for creating Arc Resource Bridge.

  • $VMIP_1 is the IP address of the Arc Resource Bridge VM.

  • Optionally, set the -logDir parameter to specify the path to the directory where the generated logs are stored. If you don't specify the path or the parameter, by default the logs are stored in your current working directory.

Troubleshoot Azure Arc VMs

This section describes the errors related to Azure Arc VM management and their recommended resolutions.

Failure when trying to enable guest management

When trying to run the command to enable guest management, you see the following error:

Error: Deployment failed. Correlation ID: 5d0c4921-78e0-4493-af16-dffee5cbf9d8. VM Spec validation failed for guest agent provisioning: Invalid managed identity. A system-assigned managed identity must be enabled in parent resource: Invalid Configuration

The above failure is because the managed identity was not created for this VM. System-assigned Managed Identity is required to enable guest management.


Follow these steps to verify that the Managed Identity is not created for this VM and then enable System-assigned Managed Identity.

  1. In the Azure portal, go to the VM. Browse to the Overview page. On the Properties tab, under Configuration, the Guest management should show as Disabled. Select the JSON View from the top right corner.

    Screenshot of how to get to JSON view.

  2. Under Identity parameter, the type should show as None.

    Screenshot of JSON view indicating the Managed Identity is absent.

  3. To create managed identity, connect to the Azure Stack HCI server via RDP. Run the following command:

    az extension add --name connectedmachine
  4. Verify that the connected machine CLI extension is installed on the cluster. Here's a sample output with the extension successfully installed. The connectedmachine indicates that version 0.7.0 is installed.

    [v-hostl]: PS C:\Clusterstorage\lnfrastructure_l\ArcHci> az version
    "azure-cli": "2.53.0",
    "azure-cli-core": "2.53.0",
    "azure-cli-telemetry": "1.1.0",
    "extensions": {
        "akshybrid": "0.1.1",
        "arcappliance"^ "1.0.2",
        "connectedk8s": "1.5.4",
        "connectedmachine": "0.7.0",
        "customlocation": "0.1.3",
        "hybridaks": "0.2.4",
        "k8s-extension": "1.4.5",
        "stack-hci-vm": "0.1.8"
    [v-hostl]: PS C:\ClusterStorage\Infrastructure_l\ArcHci>
  5. Run the following command to assign a system managed identity to the VM.

    az connectedmachine update --ids "<Resource Manager ID for the VM>" --set identity.type="SystemAssigned"
  6. Go to the Azure portal and browse to the Overview page. The JSON View should indicate that the system managed identity is now assigned to the VM.

    Screenshot of JSON view when Managed Identity is enabled.

Failure deploying an Arc VM

You see the following error when trying to deploy an Arc VM on your Azure Stack HCI cluster:

Error: {"code":"ConflictingOperation","message":"Unable to process request 'Microsoft.AzureStackHCI/virtualMachineInstances'. There is already a previous running operation for resource '/subscriptions/<subscription ID>/resourceGroups/<Resource group name>/providers/Microsoft.HybridCompute/machines/<VM name>/providers/Microsoft.AzureStackHCI/virtualMachineInstances/default'. Please wait for the previous operation to complete."}

The above failure is because the SystemAssigned managed identity object is not under the Microsoft.HybridCompute/machines resource type.


Verify in your deployment template that:

The SystemAssigned managed identity object is under Microsoft.HybridCompute/machines resource type and not under Microsoft.AzureStackHCI/VirtualMachineInstances resource type.

The deployment template should match the provided sample template. For more information, see the sample template in Create Arc virtual machines on Azure Stack HCI.

Azure CLI installation isn't recognized

If your environment fails to recognize Azure CLI after installing it, run the following code block to add the Azure CLI installation path to the environment path.

        if ( -not( $env:PATH -like '*C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\CLI2\wbin*') ) {
            $env:PATH += "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\CLI2\wbin;"
            Write-Host "Updated path $env:PATH"

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