VMWare Virtual Center Server Service failed

Glen Knight
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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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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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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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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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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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We often move ESXi hosts between vCenter installations with no issue! (for testing).
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What do you mean by layout?
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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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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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Ahh, that sort of layout.  Nope, not worried about that in the slightest.

Thanks for your help.....AGAIN!
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As usual, exactly what I asked for.

Straight forward and concise answers without all the roses!
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e.g.

 layout
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Personally, I would not use any of the vSphere 5.0 in Production at present!
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:) too late :)

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