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VMWare Virtual Center Server Service failed

Hi All,

I have run in to a problem with VMWare Virtual Center 5.0 upgrade.

The upgrade has failed and it doesn't really give me any useful information as to why.

The question, is can I just rebuild and then import the VMWare hosts in to Virtual Center? What will I lose if I take this approach?

Any other suggestions?

I am after quick and dirty, it's friday afternoon and quite frankly I want to go home :)
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Glen Knight
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Ross-CCommented:

Think it depends on how advanced the config is.  I have rebuild ours in the past and all we lost was a bit of logging info.  the network settings v switches etc are stored on the hosts if I remember correctly.

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Glen KnightAuthor Commented:
The networking side (iscsi, switches, bonding etc) is the bit I am worried about.
I am not worried about the logging etc.

I'd like it confirmed before I go ahead and do it through.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your Virtual Switches, iSCSI and VMKernel will remain with the Servers, these are stored in the servers configuration information which can be backed-up using vicfgbackup.pl vCLI command line backup tool.

Virtual Center History, Performance Data, Layout will be lost, as they are stored in the database.

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Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So either create a new vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.0, download the new vCenter 5.0 Appliance, add the hosts to new vCenter Server, and you should be okay.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We often move ESXi hosts between vCenter installations with no issue! (for testing).
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Glen KnightAuthor Commented:
What do you mean by layout?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How the Hosts and Folders Appeared in vCenter in the Datacentre, if you had created a layout!

Some group VMs, by OS, Department etc
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's cosmetic, if you had a user permissions they will also be lost. Permissions to Access VMs, if you had many different users, with different permissions accessing vCenter.
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Glen KnightAuthor Commented:
Ahh, that sort of layout.  Nope, not worried about that in the slightest.

Thanks for your help.....AGAIN!
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Glen KnightAuthor Commented:
As usual, exactly what I asked for.

Straight forward and concise answers without all the roses!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
e.g.

 layout
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Personally, I would not use any of the vSphere 5.0 in Production at present!
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Glen KnightAuthor Commented:
:) too late :)
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