Remove host from vCenter when vCenter is VM on said host

Greetings,

First, thanks for any help on a Friday night, or Saturday morning. Setting up new vCenter server tomorrow and upgrading some hosts.

Any caveats to removing the host which the current vCenter VM is on from vCenter client? No cluster or HA on these. Can I just right click the host in vCenter client and choose remove as I would any other host, even with the vCenter VM running on the host I want to remove?

Thanks again.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can just remove the Hosts with no issues.

Make sure you have valid backups if the VMs are located on the Local VMFS partitions on the hosts, and also, when compeleting an upgrade from the cdrom Installer, select Yes to Prerserve VMFS, if you want to keep your VMs.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Great. Thanks for the info hanccocka. Enjoy the weekend.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, and you.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
sorry for just awarding points for this, I thought I had.

Anyway, worked without issue.

For reference, I right-clicked host without vCenter server on it, chose remove. Right-clicked host with vCenter, chose remove. Logged directly into host with new vCenter on it, opened console, installed 5.1 simple install. Used vCenter client (which needed updating) to log into new vCenter server. Added hosts. Shut down old vCenter. Waited two days. Turned it back on, removed from domain, shut down, removed from inventory, then deleted from disk.
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