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How do I migrate the vCenter Virtual Machine from one host in a cluster to another.

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I have two hosts with ESXi 5.5 installed, both of them in a cluster managed by a vCenter VM that is on Host 1.

I want to move the vCenter VM to Host 2.

I don't think I can use the vCenter VM to migrate itself while it is running (can I?) so can I just shut it down and disconnect it from one host using simple vSphere client then connect it to the other host, also using vSphere client?

Will that work?

Is there a better way?

Thanks.
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Question by:gateguard
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Do you have vMotion or VMware HA?

You can Migrate vCenter Server VM with vMotion. (Just right click the VM, select Mgrate and follow the Wizard)
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by:gateguard
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Yes, I have vMotion.

So vCenter Server VM can migrate itself just like it can migrate any other VM?

Thanks.
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by:tankergoblin
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create a vmotion.. and if you use SAN storage.. create a datastore and share with 2 vm... so you can do vmotion..
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by:Schuyler Dorsey
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As the above expert said, as long as your hosts are connected to shared storage, vCenter can essentially migrate itself. (you also need at least VMWare Essentials Plus licensing).

If you are using local storage, then you have to shut down the VM and MANUALLY copy the VM files to the other host and register the VM on the other host.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, it can migrate itself, like any other VM!

Simply!
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by:gateguard
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I was afraid to try it, especially since a google search didn't reveal (at least to me) a clear statement like the one you just made:  "Yes, it can migrate itself, like any other VM!"

But since you said it (and you are the expert!) I did it... and it worked like a charm.

Thanks again for all your help as I flounder my way through this stuff.  I'm not entirely new to VMWare but I'm certainly no expert and I am new to vCenter and VMWare cluster.
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