Solution: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Guest Services installation fails with Error 13206
Published Feb 15 2019 03:41 AM 238 Views
First published on TECHNET on Aug 09, 2010

When using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to install virtual guest services the job may fail with the following error.

Error (13206)

Virtual Machine Manager cannot locate the boot or system volume on virtual machine <virtual machine name>. The resulting virtual machine might not start or operate properly.

A trace of the job will contain a variation of the following entry.

MountedVhd.cs,87,0x00000000,MountedVhd windows volume not found,{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000},4,


The boot and system files are on different partitions, with the Windows directory being on an extended partition instead of a primary partition. The Windows volume is not found when the VHD is mounted for integration services integration.


Two possible workarounds:

  1. Create a new VM with only primary partitions and copy the contents of the problematic VM to this new disk structure.
  2. Install integration services manually with Hyper-V

It is possible to fully automate the installation of integration components on VMs by copying required files to the VM and executing the process remotely. No user interaction is required. Be aware that the VM will reboot automatically if needed.

  • From the Hyper-V server copy the 'C:\Windows\VMguest' directory to the VM
  • Use 'psexec.exe' to intiate integration components on the VM
    • Assuming C:\Windows\VMguest was copied to C:\Temp\VMguest on the VM
    • On the Hyper-V server execute:
  • psexec.exe \\<virtual machine name> -i C:\Temp\VMguest\Support\x86\setup.exe /quiet

For more information on psexec refer to the Sysinternals product page ( )

More Information

Further information can be found here:

KB962226 - Setup.exe from the Integration Services Setup Disk has no command line options

The 'autorun.inf' file in the root of an .ISO can also be modified as shown below. If autorun is enabled on the VM operating system this will automatically install integration components in the same manner as previously described.

label=Integration Services Setup
open=support\x86\setup.exe /quiet

For the latest version of this article please see the following Knowledge Base article:

KB2313592 - System Center Virtual Machine Manager Guest Services installation fails with Error 13206

J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer

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