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Vmware Vcenter vSphere startup

Hello,

We are running Vmware  and we have vSphere running in the virtual enviroment.  My question is if we need to shut this down because we need to do firmware updates on the storage device (equallogic), how do I then restart the vSphere VM?   It and all VM's are on the EQL storage.   Should I move this to the local storage of one of the host servers?

Thanks

Tim
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We are running Vmware  and we have vSphere running in the virtual enviroment.  My question is if we need to shut this down because we need to do firmware updates on the storage device (equallogic), how do I then restart the vSphere VM?   It and all VM's are on the EQL storage.   Should I move this to the local storage of one of the host servers?

vCenter Server is JUST a Management Server, if it's powered off, it does not affect the running of VMs.

Quite simply make a note of what host - hosts the vCenter Server VM, and then connect directly to that VM, and you'll have access to all the VMs to Power On including vCenter Server VM.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0) using the vSphere Client (C# client)
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Tim LewisNetwork ManagerAuthor Commented:
But all VM's would be down in this senario.  When I update the EQL firmware it drops all connections.  So are you saying that once the storage is back online I can then connect to the Host server via IP that hosted this prior to the firmware update and just restart the console?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are taking the storage down, then ALL VMs would be down. But the HOST will always be ON and UP.

So if you are doing a SAN upgrade or maintenance, you would have to shutdown ALL your VMs in advance, and then complete SAN maintenance, and then connect to Host Directly, and restart them ALL including vCenter Server.

once vCenter Server is up and running, then connect directly to vCenter Server.
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