I have 2 esxi host in a cluster. if one esxi host down or power off then vms will move to another esx host . ? i have VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Licensed for 2 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU). I'm not sure if the license supports.
As per the link VMware vSphere 6 Editions Overview - Thomas-Krenn-Wiki, vSphere Essentials license does not support vSphere HA and vMotion. Therefore when a host is down or powered off, the VMs will stay on the same host in powered off state.
The answer is no.
For HA,vMotion there are few requirements
- Shared Storage!
- Essentials Plus license or higher (Standard, Enterprise+)
and maybe some more..... but your dealbreaker is vSphere Essentias which doenst come with HA. Take a look to https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-vsphere-es... or just google for the vsphere essenials editions overview.
Therefore when a host is down or powered off, the VMs will stay on the same host in powered off state.
Correction: They will show in an *inaccessible* state. The host to which they are registered is offline. They cannot be powered on unless manually registered on a separate host. If those VMs are stored on local storage, they will remain inaccessible until the owning host returns to service.