I encountered this error message on August 29, 2014:
Here are the steps I used to create provision file:
Log in my.esri.com
Go to Products >> Authorizations
Select ArcGIS for Server Advanced Enterprise version10.1 - 10.2.2
click on Authorization code
After provision file is created. I download it to the server where ArcGIS server.
- Launch the Software Authorization Wizard from the ArcGIS for Server;
- Select the option "I have received an authorization file from Esri and am now ready to finish the authorization process."
- Browse to the provisioning file you saved.
It is the place where I received the error message:
"prvs is an invalid file for a single use authorization"