askari911
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move VCSA running on different VSCA

Hi Guys,

I currently have my prod vCenter running on another vCenter as a VM.  I want to take it off and move it to different hardware (one that it manages) and setup HA on it.

I've tried to move it a couple of times using VMWare converter but both times it fails.  It seems to boot up and I can log in but after a few mins it just craps out.  Its easy to revert back as i can simply power up the VCSA that i converted from.  The vCenter is running on a ephermal port on the Distrubuted switch.

I get error 503 when trying to log in,

I was going to try a new approach  setup a shared datastore between the 2vcenters  migrate vcenter to that and unregister it.

then while vcenter is down, i connect directly to the one of the hosts that the downed vcenter is managing and register it there and boot it up.

I think that should, work, although i thought using vmware converter would have also worked.  I read somewhere that maybe it should be running in a stardard vswitch, but when i spoke to vmware tech support he said running on an epermal port should be fine.

any help appreciated.

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a_p_
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Welcome to the Community,

it's hard to help without knowing the reason for the failure. Did you already check the vCSA's log files to find out whether they contain any useful hints?

Some other option than using the Converter to migrate the vCSA that I can think of are:

  • backup the vCSA's configuration from VAMI, and install a new vCSA (same version/build) on the production environment in Restore mode
  • in case you are running e.g. v6.5 U2 or earlier, upgrade the vCSA to v6.7U2, and select the production environment as the target

André

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a_p_
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askari911
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Hey, Yeah panicked and reverted back quickly.  so don't have the logs.

Running v6.7u2 already.  I guess wanted to verify what i was doing was accurate.  I have the shared storage way ready to go just wnated to make sure as i wasn't sure about the distributed switches..

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a_p_
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The type of port groups shouldn't really matter, otherwise the vCSA wouldn't connect to the network, and you would receive a 404 (not found) instead of a 503 (service unavailable) error.

André

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