shutdown vmware vcenter server

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I would like to know if there are any negative side affects to me shutting down our vmware vcenter server which controls 3 physical vmware hosts?  Or is it safe and if all is well the vmware hosts should show up without an issue?
Question by:mmercaldi
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    No issues; you will not be able to log into vCenter until it comes back online, and you won't have some functions that depend on vCenter (migrations, cloning, templates, DRS, etc.), but your VMs will stay up since they actually run on hosts, not vCenter.


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    will I have to re-add them to the vcenter server?
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    Re-add the hosts? No.
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    Again, you won't be able to manage your hosts through vCenter; you'll have to log into them individually with vSphere Client until your vCenter Server is back up.
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    Your vcenter server provides you with  better management to migrate/setup ha etc on your hosts. Once configured, the hosts are sent the configurations, and they continue running and monitoring without requiring Vcetner to be up. All your HA configuration etc will continue running even if you shutdown the vcenter server.
    You will not be able to login to the vcetner management,, since the server hosting it is down. However, all your hosts communication and vm's running on the hosts will continue funcitoning as normal.
    Once the vcenter is backup, you will be able to connect and regain your advanced vcenter management capabilities.
    You will still be able to connect to individual hosts via their IP.

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