Hyper-V failed to enable replication on the Replica server for the Virtual Machine

Hyper-V is not in a state to accept replication on the replica server for virtual machine 

Message appears at the end of the replication Wizard. A replica for this virtual machine had previously existed on the Replica server.


The previous successful or unsuccessful replicated virtual machine may be still exist at the replica server. 


Remove the old virtual machine at the  replica server and enable replication again.  Yes this pushes a fresh replication to the replica server.

Additional notes

Under the details of the error message on the source server a Virtual machine ID is listed, and using this ID to find the replication files from the previous replication on the Replica server (under \Virtual Hard Disks\Hyper-V Replica\Virtual hard disks\<ID>\ and under \Virtual Hard Disks\Hyper-V Replica\Virtual Machines\<ID>. These files may be locked while a previous replica exists on the Replica server


  1. It'd be great if Microsoft could add a little GUI for assisting with replication set up. Replication setup problems are harder to resolve when using certificate based authentication.


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