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arumon
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re installing esx4 server

Hi Friends,

Please let me know the standered practice to reinstall the esx server which got harddisk crash on a HA and DRS cluster.

Regards,

Arumon

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JimKnopf99
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First, i Wohle do some initial backup beforehand.

Save this Folders

/etc/passwd The password file containing the local users for the VMware ESX Server host service console.

/etc/shadow The shadow password file containing local users and encrypted passwords for the VMware ESX Server host service console.

/etc/group The group file for containing local security groups for the VMware ESX Server host service console.

/etc/grub.conf The boot information for the grub boot loader.

/etc/vmware The configuration files for VMware ESX host.

/boot The boot partition for VMware ESX host. It should be noted that these should be default.

/home/ Any user information that is stored on the home directory on the local machine

After that

Re-install ESX with the same partition configuration as the original host.

SFTP files back on.

Remove the /etc/vmware & /boot directories by typing the following commands

  1. cd /

  1. rm –Rf /etc/vmware

  1. rm –Rf /boot

Restore the backup set on the new ESX host. Be sure to overwrite existing files on restore!

Reboot.

Than bring the Host back to the Cluster

frank

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arumon
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for the reply.

My question is, Do i need to do any thing on the cluster level (remove or disconnect from the cluster like that?) because the scenarionis the esx server crash. Just forget about the backup stuff.

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Arumon

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JimKnopf99
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Hi,

when the Host crash, you have two options.

When you get them back with the same name and back from restore, a reconnect shuld be enough

When you make a new insall with a different name then disconnect the old one and add the new one back to the cluster.

Frank

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arumon
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Thank you Jim..... Smiley Happy

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arumon
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Thank you Jim.... Smiley Happy

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