schwarznavy
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Remove host from vcenter when vcenter is gone or no longer working

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So I completely messed up my vCenter appliance and it doesn't work anymore. I've tried to redploy an appliance by connecting directly to the host and it doesn't work.

How can I remove the host from thinking it is being managed by a vCenter appliance, while on the host? In other words, without accessing the vCenter appliance but rather by connecting to the host using vclient?

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schwarznavy
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Didn't see this before. When you use the vClient to connect directly to the host, on the summary screen there is a link on the bottom right that says something like "Disassociate this host from the vCenter Server." I clicked it and it seems to work. Hopefully I don't have any problems in the long run.

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vmroyale
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Check out VMware KB: Verifying and reinstalling the correct version of the vCenter Server agents- it has instructions for manually removing the agents.

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com
a_p_
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... by connecting directly to the host and it doesn't work.

Can you please clarify this? Unless you enabled "Lockdown Mode" for the host, you should only get a warning after connecting directly to the host. However, this should not prevent you from managing the host.

André

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schwarznavy
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Didn't see this before. When you use the vClient to connect directly to the host, on the summary screen there is a link on the bottom right that says something like "Disassociate this host from the vCenter Server." I clicked it and it seems to work. Hopefully I don't have any problems in the long run.

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schwarznavy
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I did see that original message. Also, when I tried to edit the settings of some of the VMs (can't remember which setting), the vClient basically said I can't do that because this host isn't the manager of that VM.

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