Migrate vCenter server from VM to Physical - What to consider?

Hi,

I've run into a situation where a vendor built an ESXi 5.1 environment with 3 hosts and built vCenter as a VM on Host 2. This is an issue with updating ESXi on that Host if not familiar with doing so via SSH and CLI.

I would like separate this vCenter VM from being a VM and install as a physical  machine. I'm not asking about how to convert, I can use VMWare Standalone Converter, and I am probably going to install a new instance from scratch.

What are some considerations I need to keep in mind while doing this? All 3 Hosts are registered with the current vCenter server so do I need to do anything in particular to unregister or de-link?
Any other things to keep in mind?
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, if you just want to re-create a new server.

1.Remove Hosts from current vCenter Server, e.g. right click remove.

That's it. Install the App again on Windows Server.

vCenter Server is just a management server - it does not affect running VMs.

This is a simple environment, no SRM, VDP, vDS ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Veeam has changed it's name to Windows Agent, but see my EE Article, and you'll be able to do a V2P.


HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I am not looking to know how to convert, please re-read my question.

Need to know what should be considered when removing a vCenter server and rebuilding from scratch, if any.

Such as:
Unregister current inventory first? I don't know if this is necessary or not.

Anything that may be imprtant to think about prior to removing existing vCenter and building another from scratch.
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Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerAuthor Commented:
Correct - simple environment.
No SAN, only local storage.
3 non-clustered hosts managed by vsphere.
No added services or integration.

Thanks, was looking to confirm nothing special other than removing hosts from inventory first.
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