Given Services are not enabled on the port group

When trying to apply a host profile to a vSphere host you can receive a error:

Given Services are not enabled on the port group

After some investigation and googling around I found this kb articel on vmware.com.
This KB articile discribes that the error only occurs when you have 2 vmk’s on a single portgroup (in my case one form management and one for vMotion) on a Distributed Switch.
The solution is to use seperate distributed portgroups voor de vmk’s or disable compliance check for these vmk’s.

In order to disable compliance check:

  1. Edit the profile of the services and navigate to Host virtual NIC folder > profile > Services for the virtual NIC policy, where is in the format : : .
  2. In the right pane, go to Compliance details and deselect the checkbox which lists the validation rule.
  3. Click OK to save the profile.
  4. Repeat this procedure for each service profile

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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