Impact of shutting down vCenter server host and wiping second datastore
Posted on 2015-02-05
We have a very basic VMware Setup - Essentials licensing, three servers, no HA, vMotion etc.
I have one server that has vCenter Server on datastore1 and a few VMs on datastore2. I need to reconfigure the RAID of datastore2. My plan is to migratethe VMs off this datastore on to another server, reboot and reconfigure the RAID (which will now not have any VMs on it). Then I'd move the VMs back to the datastore2.
So I have a few questions -
1. Will rebooting this server (and having vCenter go offline) in any way impact the other two servers? (should I power down vCenter first before reboot?)
2. Since I'm not reconfiguring the vCenter datastore1 drive, I assume that once I'm done with changing the RAID on datastore2, and I reboot, vCenter will come back online (set to auto power on). Is this a fair statement, or should I double-check something first?
I'd like to do this during work hours, but I want to make sure it wouldn't impact the other VMs on different servers. Thanks.