Solving the Invalid configuration for device ‘0’ error

Today I noticed something strange in our brand new VMware vSphere 5.1 environment. I was trying to patch a Windows 2012 template when I noticed it didn’t have a network connection. This VM is using a Distributed Switch Configuration.

So I checked the VM settings, and indeed it wasn’t connected.

So I checked the Connected box, and the following error appears. Invalid configuration for device ‘0’. See screenshot.

The solution for this error is simple. Connect the network card to another network. Than place it back to the original network. Now it works again.
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Marco works for ViaData as a Senior Technical Consultant. He has over 15 years experience as a system engineer and consultant, specialized in virtualization. VMware VCP4, VCP5-DC & VCP5-DT. VMware vExpert 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016. Microsoft MCSE & MCITP Enterprise Administrator. Veeam VMSP, VMTSP & VMCE.