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How to change VM (add HD) properties to an ESXi host while the VC which is managing him is down?

Posted on 2014-01-01
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Guys, we need an urgent VM upgrade, but the VM is down and i'm unable to modify the VM. Please advise ASAP.

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Question by:IT_Group1
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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If you know the host on which the VM was placed by vCenter, then you can directly use vSphere C# client (not the web client) to connect to the ESXi host and perform the required upgrade.
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by:IT_Group1
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Man, sure I know the host - and that's exactly what i did - but it does not let me add/remove virtual hardware from the VM, and it pop-up a message which claims that this host is managed by vCenter with IP xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx and no changes are allowed !
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by:Abhilash
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It just says that the host is being managed by the vCenter and the changes made won't reflect on the current viewed sessions.
Can you paste a screenshot? Have you logged in with a user who has privilege to add or remove a hardware?
Is it not letting you power on the VM too?
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by:piyushranusri
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what version of ESXI are you using ?
this comment vCenter with IP xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx and no changes are allowed, shows that this is VC center IP..

are you not able to login on vc center ?

and Add HDD means ..you want to extend or add another drive. ?



please share the output
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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1. Restart vCenter Server Service.

2. Restart Network Management Agents on the host ESXi server?

What error message if any do you get when you try to modify the VM ?
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