Sugessions on routine shutdows and restart of ESX and SAN.

Posted on 2014-08-22
Last Modified: 2014-09-03
We use 3 Fujitsu ESX host  servers and a Netapp SAN (Called as Fujitsu vShape architecture) in our organisation.
I have not restarted this  ESX and SAN since last 7 months after we implemented.

Is it a good idea to restart  both the ESX and Netapp SAN now or only the ESX

Please suggest  how to go about and what would be the sequence of shutting and restarting
Question by:lianne143
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    Why do you want to shutdown the ESX hosts and SAN ?

    Do you have any issues, or require to update the SAN, or ESXi hosts e.g. patch them for security.

    We always shutdown in this order

    1. Shutdown VMs.
    2. Shutdown all hosts.
    3. Shutdown NetApp SAN. (both controllers).

    Power -Up is the reverse.

    1. Power Up NetApp (we wait 5 minutes
    2. Power up all hosts
    3. Power up VMs

    Author Comment

    I was thinking Irrespective of the updates the EXS and SAN should be restarted periodically.

    I think there are some VM ware patches available  and thought of installing.
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    by:Mohammed Khawaja
    We have IBM V7000 SAN which we have not rebooted in about 2 years.  Unless there is a requirement such as patches, etc., you should not be required to reboot.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    There is no requirement to restart you ESXi or SAN periodically.!

    Patching of ESXi and SANs, may require reboots.
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    Normally you have vcenter  to vmotion machines out of hosts that are being patched. For SAN - dont fix it unless it is broken

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