Moving VS fully re-installing vCenter on another server?
Posted on 2014-02-21
The physical server in which our current vCenter server resides is rubbish and only has 4 GB of RAM, which because of hardware limitations (yes its that old) cannot be upgraded.
I am not all that familiar with the installation and configuration of vCenter having never done it myself before. Ideally, I would like to simply shut down the current server, provision a new more powerful physical server and install vCenter onto it from scratch then "reconnect" to all of our existing Esxi hosts and repopulating the console without breaking a thing.
I dont want to have to spend time migrating things if at all possible and I am hoping the vCenter is an ancillary thing rather than a central point of failure for all of the Esxi hosts. Note, we do not have a central SAN for storing the vmware hard drives, nor are the Esxi hosts clustered in any way. They are all separate and running the instances of VMs within themselves and on their host own physical hard drives, IE each set of hosts are running their own set of VMs. Basic conceptually spartin setup.
Please let me know what your thoughts on this, ideally based on your experience, I don't want to get lost in forum links and white papers. IE if it's a really simple thing or if it's chalked full of pageantry of migrating x, exporting y and converting z...in a spinning motion.
Thanks for feedback I appreciate it :-)