remove local storage datastore with .locker and .vsphere-HA folders

Greetings,

I am upgrading an HP G5 from 5.0 to 5.1. I have moved all VMs. I have one .locker folder and one .vsphere-HA, with only a protectedlist file inside, on the local storage datastore.

This server is part of a (3) node cluster. Do I need to remove it from the cluster before upgrading? I simply want to remove the local storage datastore and upgrade from 5 to 5.1.

Clear directions are appreciated as I do not want to mess up the cluster or cause any other issues.

please let me know if more info is needed.

thanks a lot
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You've got small project here....

Are you on vCenter 5.0 ? you'll need an upgrade to manage 5.1 ESXi!

vCenter Server needs to be upgraded first from 5.0 to 5.1.

I would recommend, download the OEM HP version of ESXi 5.1 from HP.

0. Check the HCL to see if 5.1 uis supported on this new host.

(I can answer this for you no G5 are on the HCL for 5.1, your risk! - no Support!)

0a. Upgrade all firmware on the new host from the HP DVD Firmware DVD.

1. Entering Maintenance Mode for the ESXi host (good practice).

2. If VMs do not migrate or you do not have shared storage move the VMs from the host to other hosts.

3. Remove the Host from the Cluster.

4. Remove the host from the Inventory.

5. BOOT the 5.1 HP media from the server, and complete a new installation. (I would also install to an SD card, or USB flash drive in the server!)

6. Add back to vCenter Server 5.1.

7. Add back to Cluster.

8. Done.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Thanks as always for the info.

I am on vCenter 5.1
I have the latest HP ESXi 5.1 disk and have used it on 2 other hosts no issues
I do not have a firmware DVD. Is that a download from HP as well?
I moved all VMs to another host last night no issues (there were only 2)
I was more concerned about the .locker folder and the vsphere-HA folder as I don't want to mess up the cluster

Is there any way to just upgrade rather than fresh install? I have only upgraded one host before and it went smoothly. typically I do a fresh but would rather do an upgrade if possible in this case. If it goes bad, I can start from scratch if needed.

I am concerned about no support. However, this server, while a VM host, is going to be used solely for a Veeam backup server (as a VM) and used only for backups or to run critical VMs in the event the other two hosts in the cluster are down.

I was considering leaving it on 5 and using it for Veeam only but wasn't sure how that would affect compatibility regarding backups or running VMs that may have been originally on a 5.1 host.

Thanks again and any further thoughts are much appreciated.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I do not have a firmware DVD. Is that a download from HP as well?

Yes, available from HP, I think you may only be entitled to this download, if servers are under warranty now.

I was more concerned about the .locker folder and the vsphere-HA folder as I don't want to mess up the cluster

they will be re-created. re-install a new 5.1 version.

We always prefer to complete new installs, rather than upgrades.

If you look at the HCL, I do not believe, you have any support currently for 5.0, so exactly the same risk!
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks man. looks like I have a bit more planning to do.

have a good one
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
another quick question. Whether I go the upgrade or fresh install route, should I remove each datastore (SAN and local) from the host through vCenter or will physically removing the SAN cables work?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Often people get paranoid about installation, overwriting datastores with upgrades or installs.

Just remove the SAN cable, if it concerns you!
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks! you had told me that a couple of years ago and I still do it but was wondering if tings had changed.
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