I need to update VMWare patches on my (3) HPGen 8 Hosts.
ESXi 5.1 VMWare Essentials licensing (not PLUS)
I do not have vMotion licensing and am using local storage of 9.9TB on each of the (3) Hosts. No shared storgage.
My vCenter Server is a Virtual Machine on Host 1. I have successfully used vCenter to download, stage, and remediate the patches on Hosts 2+3. Unfortunately, I cannot update Host 1 because vCenter is a VM on that Host. Without vMotion I cannot move this VM to another Host to perform these upgrades on Host 1. I attempted a 'Clone' of the vCenter VM to Host 3 and although it succeeded I caused all sorts of issues where I could not register the Hosts to that vCenter Server - therefore could not connect and perform this procedure. I do not feel comfortable using SSH to apply the updates because I do not have any direct step-by-step instructions. The instructions on the VMWare site 'scare' me and make me hesitant. I was told I can create a boot disk to perform this on the Server locally but that would require me to fly to the office - which I cannot do for quite some time.
1) Can I use the Standalone converter to migrate the vCenter VM to another Host? What would be items of concern?
2) I see 'hancoccka' mention VEAM backup software all over the VMWare Questions people ask... Would this be a possible solution for me and, if so, can I use it with VMWare Essentials (not Plus) for this purpose?
3) Aside from options 1+2 above, is there a better way to do this?