VMware provisioning failing with SOAP Fault: CustomizationPending

Provisioning a VMware Server from template fails during step "Customizing the server's network settings" with error:

VMware return code: 255, output:

SOAP Fault:
Fault string: fault.CustomizationPending.summary
Fault detail: CustomizationPending
Task ID = task-7568


This could be a sign of a problem with your VMware Template. If your template was cloned from another VM and never powered on before being converted to a template, it may have a Customization Task in the pending state.


To solve, convert your template to a Virtual Machine and power it on. This will allow the Customization Task to run. Once ready, power the VM off and convert back to a template.


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