fborges555
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EVC Mode change

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Hi gurus

as you can see from my post I am still new to VMware, so go easy on me.

I need to lower my cluster EVC  from Ivy to Sandy , but all I read , request that ALL VM be turn off, but my question is, if my  vcenter is a VM and is turned off along with  all VM ,how do I get to cluster EVC and change the mode .Vcenter is turned off.

Thanks and sorry for my confusion

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IRIX201110141
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2 solutions which share the same key element (how to move vcenter)

1.

  • Move one ESXi out of the cluster (Improve this by create a cluster with right EVC)
  • Shutdown VCSA. Unregister it on the current Host and register the VM on the already separated Hosts and power it on again
  • Now youre able to shutdown all VMs from the production cluster and place hosts into MM to lower the EVC
  • Move the VCSA again
  • Bring back the last Host

2.

  • Move the first ESXi out of the Cluster into a new Cluster with the lowered EVC
  • You can now shutdown single VMs within there maintanence window and move them into the new Cluster and start them again. One by one.
  • Move another ESXi when resources becomes available
  • At the end you have one Host and VCSA left. Now see solution 1.

It depends on how much "adv" options, permissions you have enabled on the old cluster. Maybe your backup is also focus on the cluster name and object id. So think about if the old cluster object need to survive or if you just can create a fresh one which later take the old name.

If you havent patch your Hosts against Spectre/Meltdown do it befor you starts because it have effects on EVC!

Regards

Joerg

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VysakhNair
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fborges555

Please read below VMware KB

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fborges555
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VN

Thanks for jumping into this, but I already have EVC enable on my cluster and is set to Ivy Bridge, what I need to do is lower the mode to Sandy Bridge and it tell me all VM has to be turn off, that is my dilemma.

Thanks again

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IRIX201110141
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

2 solutions which share the same key element (how to move vcenter)

1.

  • Move one ESXi out of the cluster (Improve this by create a cluster with right EVC)
  • Shutdown VCSA. Unregister it on the current Host and register the VM on the already separated Hosts and power it on again
  • Now youre able to shutdown all VMs from the production cluster and place hosts into MM to lower the EVC
  • Move the VCSA again
  • Bring back the last Host

2.

  • Move the first ESXi out of the Cluster into a new Cluster with the lowered EVC
  • You can now shutdown single VMs within there maintanence window and move them into the new Cluster and start them again. One by one.
  • Move another ESXi when resources becomes available
  • At the end you have one Host and VCSA left. Now see solution 1.

It depends on how much "adv" options, permissions you have enabled on the old cluster. Maybe your backup is also focus on the cluster name and object id. So think about if the old cluster object need to survive or if you just can create a fresh one which later take the old name.

If you havent patch your Hosts against Spectre/Meltdown do it befor you starts because it have effects on EVC!

Regards

Joerg

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