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patch vCenter Host with update manager

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Hello Experts,

I am in the middle of patching some new host on a new vCenter environment.  I have completed one so far by moving off production vms via vmotion, putting the host in maintenance mode, then pushing all the needed patches via update manager.  It was successful.

My question is for the next host.  The next host runs vCenter and vCenter DB and some other production systems.  vCenter and DB live on local storage, so moving them isn't as easy as the other VMs that live on the SAN.  What is the best way to patch this host?  If the host has to go into maintenance mode for update manager to work, then vCenter will be down.
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Can you move the VM e.g.  migrate using vMotion ?
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Yes

I think my only option is to move it from local host storage to shared storage via vmotion, then move it to different host correct?  I'm just checking to see if there are any other options available to me.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, for vMotion, you will need to have vCenter VM on Shared Storage.

You can move it live if you have Storage vMotion, otherwise you will have to move it manually when the VM is OFF.
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